Q&A: A civil rights lawyer who helped defeat Jim Crow looks back
The National Book Review - 02/06/2018
As a newly minted lawyer in 1961. Michael Meltsner was hired by Thurgood Marshall and his soon-successor, Jack Greenberg, to join the legendary legal team at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He fast became a vital player in the national civil rights movement, helping to shape legal strategy, arguing major cases, and making multiple appearances before the Supreme Court. In his eloquent new memoir from Twelve Tables Press, Meltsner, a longtime professor at Columbia and Northeastern law schools, recounts and reflects on his journey – from growing up as an only child in New York City, to his emergence as an important legal advocate for equality and justice, leading architect of the anti-death penalty movement, and influential reformer of American legal education.