From Montgomery to the March on Washington to Memphis

(photo by Bernard Kleina)

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
August 29, 2014

Many lawyers made major contributions to the movements and events associated with Dr. Martin Luther King. By and large, those lawyers played their role behind the scenes. Dr. King had more than 60 lawyers in his short career of less than a decade and a half. This historic symposium brought together five of those lawyers, in addition to scholars who have studied Dr. King and his legal counsel, in order to bring Dr. King’s lawyers, figuratively and literally, to center stage.   


Katherine Shaw

Justice Stevens and the Project of Perfecting the Constitution


Katherine Shaw is a Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Carter G. Phillips

Sixty-Five Oral Arguments Were Not Enough: A Tribute to Justice Stevens from Across the Bench


Carter G. Phillips is a Partner, Sidley Austin LLP. Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Co-Director of Northwestern’s Supreme Court Clinic.

Merritt E. McAlister

Judging and Baseball


Merritt McAlister is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law.

Andrew Koppelman

“The Function of the Independent Lawyer as a Guardian of Our Freedom”: The Great Stevens Dissent in Walters


Andrew Koppelman is the John Paul Stevens Professor of Law and Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, Department of Philosophy Affiliated Faculty, Northwestern University.

Hannah Mullen

In Memoriam


Hannah Mullen is the Granddaughter of Justice John Paul Stevens. 

Sonja R. West & Dahlia Lithwick

The Paradox of Justice John Paul Stevens


Sonja R. West is the Otis Brumby Distinguished Professor in First Amendment Law at the University of Georgia School of Law and a former law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens. Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate and covers the courts and the law.