The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer

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Overview

The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer is Michael Meltsner's vivid account of how, as a lawyer for Muhammad Ali, for the doctors who ended Jim Crow at American hospitals, and for scores of death row inmates, he became such a deeply involved activist in the civil rights movement.

About the Author:
Michael Meltsner, is currently Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
Near the epicenter of the battle to eliminate legal segregation, and placed…on a fascinating professional trajectory, Meltsner presents a thoughtful, wide-ranging, historically rich account of how that experience shaped him.
Stephen B. Bright
Michael Meltsner has performed a great public service by recalling from his perspective as a lawyer at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund how lawyers helped bring about social change during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. This memoir will be of great interest to a generation unfamiliar with that remarkable time in American history, as well as to those familiar with the people and controversies he recalls.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813925011
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Meltsner, former Guggenheim Fellow and Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy, has been a Professor of Law at Columbia and Harvard Law Schools and Dean at Northeastern School of Law, where he is currently Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law. Author of Cruel and Unusual, the authoritative history of the Legal Defense Fund’s campaign to abolish the death penalty, and a novel Short Takes, he is also a licensed marriage and family therapist. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

University of Virginia Press

Michael Meltsner, former Guggenheim Fellow and Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy, has been a Professor of Law at Columbia and Harvard Law Schools and Dean at Northeastern School of Law, where he is currently Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Law. Author of Cruel and Unusual, the authoritative history of the Legal Defense Fund’s campaign to abolish the death penalty, and a novel Short Takes, he is also a licensed marriage and family therapist. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents


A Note on Language     ix
Introduction     1
Macon, Georgia     5
How I Went to Work for Thurgood Marshall     17
What They Didn't Teach Me at the Yale Law School     41
On-the-Job Training     55
A Sense of the Work     80
A White Civil Rights Lawyer     99
Greenberg and Bell     119
Me and Muhammad     137
The Complex World of Law Reform     148
Litigation: Means of Choice or Last Resort?     170
Legal Killing Revisited     192
The Future of the Death Penalty     219
Epilogue     239
So You Want to Be a Lawyer     257
Acknowledgments     265
Notes     269
Index     291
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