Keynote Speech: A Letter from the Original Cause Lawyer
University of La Verne Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, 2014, pp. 205-216
13 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2014 Last revised: 4 Nov 2014
Date Written: July 14, 2014
This symposium speech is a short piece which talks about why there is a need for law students to become cause lawyers, the symposium being: cause lawyers and cause lawyering in the sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education. The writer creates an allegorical scene where he's snowed in in his home during a snowstorm, lightning strikes his computer, and the computer comes to life in the form a message being typed, and "channeled" to him by Thurgood Marshall. The former Justice of the Supreme Court proceeds to state the many reasons why there is still a need for cause lawyering due to ongoing racial injustice and discrimination despite the gains that have been made in recent years.
Keywords: cause lawyers, Thurgood Marshall, A. Leon Higginbotham, racial discrimination, Brown v. Board of Education, Charles Hamilton Houston, civil rights, voting rights, immigration rights, Supreme Court, economic inequality
JEL Classification: J15, J18, J38, J64, J71, J78, K19, K29, K39, K49
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