LAW DAY 2004. Presented by Judge Bill Filmore www.filmore.net. What is Law Day?. Began in 1958 Law Day, May 1, is a national day of celebration, where we traditionally honor our freedoms as Americans – freedoms protected by our laws and legal institutions
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Judge Bill Filmore
To Win Equality by Law:
Brown vs. Board of Education
1915 Graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College
Graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1922
He was first African-American Editor of Harvard Law Review
Vice-Dean (1929-35) of Howard Law School training ¼ of nation’s black law students.
1935-40 Special Counsel to NAACPCharlie Houston
Linda Carol Brown—who is seven-years-old and lives in Topeka, Kansas—has to walk across railroad tracks and take an old bus to get to school, even though there is a better school five blocks from her house. Linda can't go to that school because she is black, and the schools in Topeka are segregated.
Robert Carter and Jack Greenberg of the NAACP Legal Defense represented the Plaintiffs.
Rev. Oliver L. Brown and daughter Linda Carol BrownBrown vs. Board
Students entered Central High School in Little Rock under the protection of federal troops.
1933 Law Degree Howard U. magna cum laude
1940-1961 Legal Director of NAACP – 29 Sup. Ct. victories
1954 Brown v. Board
1961 Appointed Circuit Judge
1965 Appointed U.S. Solicitor General by Pres. Johnson
1967 Becomes the 1st African American elevated to U.S. Supreme Court
1991 Retires from Supreme Ct.
1993 Dies at 84Thurgood Marshall
In the decades leading up to Brown, these lawyers progressively chipped away at the legal structure fortifying segregation.
The legal profession must be as varied and diverse as the public to retain its essential role as connecting link with the rule of law.
Data indicate that although society rapidly is becoming more diverse, the legal profession remains mostly white.The Lawyers
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