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You ask about radical lawyers and radical law movements. You undoubtedly know about Clarence Darrow, about whom much has been written. There is an excellent collection of his courtroom speeches in a book edited by Arthur Weinberg called ATTORNEY FOR THE DAMNED. The book was first published decades ago but it was republished by the University of Chicago Press in 1989. There are several good autobiographies and biographies of radical lawyers. William Kunstler wrote (with Sheila Isenberg) MY LIFE AS A RADICAL LAWYER (Carol Publishers, Secaucus, N.U. 1994). Arthur Kinoy (Kunstler's long time partner, and veteran of many legal struggles -- wrote the appeals brief for the Chicago Seven, among many others), wrote a memoir: RIGHTS ON TRIAL; THE ODYSSEY OF A PEOPLE'S LAWYER (Harvard Univ. Press, 1983). And Ann Fagan Ginger (who has been director of the Alexander Meikeljohn Foundation on the West Coast -- I don't have their address, but they put out a lot of good material on civil liberties cases of recent years) wrote a biography of a fellow attorney, called CAROL WEISS KING, HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER (Univ. of Colorado Press, 1993).

As for "radical legal movements":there is a history of the National Lawyers Guild, THE NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD FROM ROOSEVELT TO REAGAN, written by Ann Fagan Ginger and Eugene Tobin (Temple University Press 1988).

I know there is also a history of the Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born, which carried on many legal battles before and after the McCarthy period, but I don't know the title.

Best of luck in law school. We can use some good movement lawyers!

Howard