Charles A. Reich




Charles A. Reich is an American legal and social scholar as well as writer who was a Professor at Yale Law School when he wrote the 1970 paean to the 1960s counterculture and youth movement, The Greening of America.


Excerpts of the book first appeared in The New Yorker, and its seismic reception there helped the book to leading The New York Times Best Seller list.

Reich was born in New York City. He attended City and Country School and Lincoln School in the city prior to undergraduate studies at Oberlin College. 


As a law student, he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal for 1951–1952 and he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black during the 1953-1954 term. Prior to his academic career he worked for six years as a lawyer at the leading firms Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.


Reich was a professor at Yale Law School from 1960-1974. His work "The New Property" influenced the Supreme Court to broaden its conceptualization of property in the landmark administrative law case Goldberg v. Kelly. Both Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton were students of Professor Reich when he was writing The Greening of America and he is mentioned in their biographies. Reich left Yale in 1974 to move to San Francisco, although he continued as a visiting professor from 1974-1976. He returned to teach at Yale from 1991–1994 and in February 2011 The Yale Law School Association selected Reich for its Award of Merit in 2008.


The Greening of America is a 1970 book by Charles A. Reich. It is a paean to the counterculture of the 1960s and its values. 

 Charles Reich offers a bold new appraisal of why America has lost its way and how it can rededicate itself to the pursuit of true prosperity for all its citizens.

In 1972, Garcia was visited by Charles Reich, a Yale law professor, and Jann Wenner, the founder of Rolling Stone. 

The New Property
Charles A. Reich
The Yale Law Journal
Vol. 73, No. 5

(Apr., 1964), pp. 733-787

“The Sorcerer of Bolinas Reef,” Charles Reich's new book, is an entirely different, more personal enterprise: an autobiography. 

The Individual Sector

Charles A. Reich
The Yale Law Journal
Vol. 100, No. 5

(Mar., 1991), pp. 1409-1448




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