WHAT: “Ethical Obligations when the Client is a Worthy Cause,” the eighteenth annual Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture, will be presented by Alvin J. Bronstein, Esq., an active lawyer in the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, founder of the National Prison Project, and winner of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, popularly known as a “genius” grant. Bronstein is Pace Law School’s practitioner-in-residence for 2009.
Bronstein’s lecture will include reflections on his work in civil rights, which also will be the primary emphasis of a Pace Law School course taught in Spring 2009 by Pace Law School Professors David Dorfman, Gary Munneke, and Michael Mushlin. Students in the class will explore the history, politics, and ethics of civil rights lawyering as exemplified by Bronstein’s career.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 12:30 p.m. Open free to the public. Media admission by press pass.
WHERE: Moot Courtroom, Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, New York
WHO: Alvin J. Bronstein, Esq., served as the chief staff counsel of the Lawyers Constitutional Committee from 1964-68 in Jackson, Mississippi, bringing civil rights cases in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. He has argued many cases in state and federal court, including the United States Supreme Court. In 1972, he founded the National Prison Project in Washington, D.C., and served as its director until 1996. He is now director emeritus of the Project and a consultant to the National American Civil Liberties Union. In recognition of his work on behalf of human rights, he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 1989. He serves as U.S. board member of Penal Reform International (London) and a member of the Assembly of Delegates of the World Organization Against Torture (Geneva).
WHY: “The Pace Law School course will have a particular emphasis on the history of the civil rights effort by attorneys in the deep south in the 1960s and the development by those lawyers of the prisoners’ rights legal movement in the 1970s,” said Michael Mushlin, professor of law at Pace Law School and one of the professors who will teach the class. “The point is to use the career of this extraordinary and committed lawyer to illustrate to this generation of lawyers what is possible if they decide to devote their talent to the public interest.”
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