The Durability of Colegrove v. Green

Yale Law Journal 72 (1962).


A certain tendency to animism affects lawyers when they talk about cases, and they communicate it to interested laymen. Animated cases rise, struggle, and conquer, or are vanquished by, other cases. And so Baker v. Carr is thought to have vanquished Colegrove v. Green. But caution is advisable. The millenium has not arrived for urban voters. A crack in the judicial gate that should not have been closed in Colegrove v. Green has now been pried open, but the gate has not swung on its hinges. Urban voters will be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory if they now concentrate all their energies on law suits and focus their hopes of ultimate success on the judiciary.

Yale Law School