Vanderbilt Law Review


Tom C. Clark

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As one who has devoted his professional lifetime, now in its fifty-first year, to the development of procedures and techniques for the improvement of the administration of justice, I say that there is no substitute for the original research furnished by the Race Relations Law Survey in the race relations field. It has made the most practical contribution to the improvement of race relations of any publication. One might compare this contribution to that of our law clerks here on the Court, who research and report on state and federal decisions previously made on a given topic. However, the Survey not only included in its coverage reported cases but also those from the trial courts that often go otherwise unreported. Hence it provided a very comprehensive and responsible service that has been the sine qua non of effective research.Being on a national basis, it has served as the "Bible" of legal action in race relations litigation.