Rights, Liberties, and Ideals: The Contributions of Milton R. Konvitz

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by David J. Danelski, Fred B. Rothman @ Co., Littleton, Colorado 1983

Milton Konvitz (Ph.D. '33) embodied the spirit of Cornell University. An authority on civil rights and human rights, and constitutional and labor law, he served on the Cornell faculty for 27 years, holding dual appointments at the Law School and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Konvitz immigrated to the United States from Safed, Palestine (now Israel) in 1915. He received a bachelor's degree in 1929 and a law degree in 1930, both from New York University, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell in 1933. He spent three years at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as an assistant general counsel to Thurgood Marshall and taught at NYU and the New School for Social Research before accepting a professorship at the newly created School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell. Active as a scholar and writer until his death, he wrote books and articles on American constitutional law that won him wide recognition and have been cited in U.S. Supreme Court opinions.