The Realpolitik of Racial Segregation in Northern Public Schools: Some Pragmatic Approaches

Leroy D. Clark, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law


Neighborhood legal service programs, financed by the federal government to give legal assistance to indigents, particularly in the North, may find themselves asked to represent indigents who have legal problems in the civil rights area. Although civil rights litigation has not been the fare of most legal aid societies because illegal racial discrimination in the North has typically been handled by state agencies or private organizations, there is no technical reason why an indigent ought not to have access to a legal aid lawyer to handle a legal problem which just happens to involve racial discrimination. This article provides some practical approaches to the solution of one of the most pressing social and legal problems faced by Negro indigents – poor schooling because of Northern-style isolation.