Norman I. Silber to Discuss With All Deliberate Speed: The Memoir of Philip Elman

NEW YORK, April 26, 2004 The Friends of the Columbia Libraries and Columbia’s Oral History Research Office are proud to present a presentation and book signing by Norman I. Silber on Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at 6:00 P.M. in 555 Lerner Hall on the Columbia campus. Silber, a Professor of Law at Hofstra University, will read from and discuss With All Deliberate Speed: The Memoir of Philip Elman. Mr. Elman was the chief author of the government's briefs in the Brown v. Board of Education case. He suggested the phrase "with all deliberate speed" when the court clarified how its historic decision was to be carried out.

On the fiftieth anniversary of the Brown decision (May 17, 2004), With All Deliberate Speed offers new revelations about the inner workings of the court and politics behind the landmark case which found school segregation to be unconstitutional. Anthony Lewis, former columnist for the New York Times, writes: “With All Deliberate Speed is just wonderful. It gives the reader fascinating insights into the Roosevelt era, the Supreme Court, and the Justice Department. It is funny and endearingly human.”

Norman I. Silber is a Professor of Law at Hofstra University and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. His work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Pittsburgh Law Review, and other academic journals. His previous book, A Corporate Form of Freedom was published in 2001. He scripted a PBS television documentary about risk and consumer regulation, and is the editor of Advancing the Consumer Interest: A Journal of Consumer Law, Policy and Research.

This event is part of the Speaker Series sponsored by the Friends of the Columbia Libraries, and is free and open to the Columbia community and general public. To register or for more information, please call 212-854-4768, or e-mail

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