Journalist, Public Interest Lawyer To Teach Short Courses Through Karsh Center

Linda Greenhouse and Chinh Q. Le

Linda Greenhouse and Chinh Q. Le ’00 are distinguished fellows of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy. Greenhouse: courtesy photo; Le: Photo by Bill Petros

February 9, 2022

An award-winning journalist and a public interest lawyer are teaching short courses this spring at the University of Virginia School of Law under the sponsorship of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

Linda Greenhouse is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covered the Supreme Court for 30 years for The New York Times. She is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

Starting Monday, Greenhouse will teach The Institutional Supreme Court, which “will examine the Supreme Court from the perspective of its institutional role and the behavior of its members and of those whose professional lives circle around it.”

Chinh Q. Le ’00 served as legal director of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia from 2011-21 and was director of the division on civil rights in the office of the New Jersey Attorney General. He received the Law School’s Shaping Justice Award for Extraordinary Achievement in 2019.

Le will teach Law Reform and Impact Litigation, which “examines the nuts and bolts of engaging in law reform and impact litigation to effectuate systemic change,” and Public Interest Leadership, which “explores a wide range of topics focused on what organizational leadership in these spaces entails.” Both courses will begin in March.

Greenhouse and Le are distinguished fellows of the Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

“We have two amazing and distinguished visitors with the Karsh semester this spring,” said Professor Micah Schwartzman ’05, director of the Karsh Center. “Linda Greenhouse has a lifetime of experience covering the Supreme Court. Chinh Le is a leader in our nation’s civil rights and public interest community. We are so fortunate that both of them are teaching courses. These are terrific opportunities for our students.”

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