Donald Gaines Murray was the subject of the court case University v. Murray, 169 Md. 478 (1936). In 1936, Murray petitioned for a writ of mandamus ordering that he be admitted to the segregated University of Maryland School of Law. Thurgood Marshall, Murray’s lawyer, argued that Murray was denied “separate but equal” treatment because he was denied access to an accredited local law school. Court of Appeals Judge Carroll T. Bond ruled that, in order to accommodate Plessy v. Ferguson, Murray could attend the institution but he had to remain separated from white students. Marshall, who sought to undermine segregation on the level on higher education, later helped ban racial segregation in public schools by arguing in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education (1954) that “separate but equal” was an impossible principle to realize.