Charles A. Reich
|Charles A. Reich|
|Born||1928 (age 84–85)
New York City, New York, USA
|Alma mater||Oberlin College
|Occupation||Lawyer, professor, writer|
|Employer||Cravath, Swaine & Moore, Yale Law School, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of San Francisco|
Charles A. Reich (born 1928) 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 reception there helped it to leading the New York Times Best Seller list. As a law student, he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal (1951–1952), and he clerked for Justice Hugo L. Black during the 1953-1954 term. Prior to his academic career he was a lawyer for major Washington, D.C. area firms.
Both Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton were students of Professor Reich at Yale Law School 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. He returned to teach at Yale from 1991–1995 and in February 2011.
Sexual orientation 
Reich is gay, and came to terms with this in San Francisco during the period of rapidly advancing gay rights and liberation in the 1970s. He eventually became actively out during this early period of the modern LGBT rights movement, and in his autobiography details his activism and the process of coming to terms with his then long-repressed homosexuality.
Reich has written numerous articles. The following is a selection:
- 1962: "Bureaucracy and the forests: An occasional paper on the role of the political process in the free society" (Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions)
- 1964: "The New Property" (Yale Law Journal)
- 1965: "Individual Rights and Social Welfare: The Emerging Legal Issues" (Yale Law Journal)
- 1987: "The Liberals' Mistake" (adapted from Regents' Lecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara )
- 1990: "Symposium: The Legacy of Goldberg v. Kelly: A Twenty Year Perspective: Beyond the New Property: An Ecological View of Due Process" (Brooklyn Law Review)
Reich has also authored and co-authored a number of books. The following is a selection:
- 1970: The Greening of America: How the Youth Revolution is Trying to Make America Livable
- 1972: Garcia: A Signpost to New Space (co-authored with Jerry Garcia and Jann Wenner, Straight Arrow Press; re-issued, Da Capo Press, 2003 )
- 1976: The Sorcerer of Bolinas Reef (autobiography)
- 1995: Opposing the System
- Reich, Charles A. (1970-09-26). "Reflections: The Greening of America". The New Yorker: 42.
- Schwartz, Daniel (2010-09-27). "The Greening of America turns 40: Q&A: Charles Reich". CBC News.
- Reich, Charles A. (1976). The Sorcerer of Bolinas Reef. New York: Random House.
- Citron, Rodger D. (Jul 2007). "Charles Reich's Journey From the Yale Law Journal to the New York Times Best-Seller List: The Personal History of The Greening of America" (). New York Law School Law Review (New York: New York Law School) 52 (3).
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