Leonard S. Rubinowitz

Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Law and Social Science
  • Public Housing
  • Local Government
  • Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Land Use Planning

Selected Publications

  • Crossing the Class and Color Lines: From Public Housing to White Suburbia (University of Chicago Press 2000) (with James E. Rosenbaum).
  • The entry for Earl Burrus Dickerson in Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law 162-163, edited by Roger K. Newman (Yale University Press 2009) (with Marcus Shepard ).
  • Non-Violent Direct Action and the Legislative Process: The Chicago Freedom Movement and the Federal Fair Housing Act in 41 indiana law review 663-715 (2008) (with Kathryn Shelton ).
  • Race and Gender in the Law Review in 100 northwestern university law review 27-70 (2006) (with Cynthia Grant Bowman, and Dorothy Roberts).
  • Social Movements and Social-Change Litigation: Synergy in the Montgomery Bus Protest in 30 law & social inquiry 663 (2005) (with Christopher Coleman, and Laurence D. Nee).
  • A Missing Piece: Fair Housing and the Civil Rights Act in 48 howard law journal 841-911 (2005) (with Ismail Alsheik).

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  • BA with honors, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • LLB, Yale University

Prior Appointments

  • Harry B. Reese Teaching Professor, 1993-1994, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Research Faculty, 1980-1992, Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research
  • Associate Professor of Law and Urban Affairs, 1975-1980, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Research Associate, 1972-1975, Center for Urban Affairs
  • Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator, 1968-1972, Attorney in the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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