University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
 
Name Taylor, William L.
City Washington
State DC
Role(s) Attorney
Race White
Gender M
Biographical
Bill Taylor was born in 1931, the son of Lithuanian immigrants. After graduating from Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, he became an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF); later, he served as staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1965-1968) and founder of the Center ... read more
Bill Taylor was born in 1931, the son of Lithuanian immigrants. After graduating from Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, he became an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF); later, he served as staff director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (1965-1968) and founder of the Center for National Policy Review.

At LDF, Taylor worked with Thurgood Marshall and his deputy, Robert Carter, to build upon the Brown v. Board of Education victory. Among his other landmark cases, he wrote the Supreme Court brief in Cooper v. Aaron, which led to desegregation in Little Rock, Arkansas, schools.

He currently serves as chair of the Citizens' Commission on Civil Rights (www.cccr.org) and as a legal advocate for poor and minority children, among other activities.
compress summary

Case(s) FH-DC-0002 : National Urban League v. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
SD-IN-0003 : Parents for Quality Eduction With Integration et al. v. Indiana
SD-MO-0001 : Liddell v. Board of Education for the City of St. Louis


Additional Resources
 
Case Studies "The Passion of My Times: An Advocate's Fifty-Year Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement"
By: William L. Taylor (Citizens Commission on Civil Rights)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

"The Origins of Fair Lending Litigation"
Written: Dec. 4, 2008
By: Andrew Nash (Washington University in St. Louis Law Student)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]


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