News & Recent Activity
LECTURES AND INTERVIEWS
A short course on Recent Developments in American Constitutional Law presented to the students at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitšt, Freiburg, Germany (2010).
" Public Interest Lawyers During South Africa's Apartheid Years" a talk to students and faculty at Seton Hall University's Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations (2010).
A panel honor of the City's new library building and of Cambridge Voices, a book about writers' library experiences. Appearance with local writers Mary Catherine Bateson and Mark Feeney (2010).
Interviews with WGBH TV's Greater Boston, the Wall Street Journal and the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the Open Notes Project, an experiment in making physicians' notes freely available to their patients (2010).
Focused on the inside story of law reform, the book contains portraits of some larger-than-life figures, including Thurgood Marshall, William Kuntsler, and the charismatic black law professor Derrick Bell, as well as of unheralded movers and shakers such as the attorney C. B. King of Albany, Georgia, and Margaret Burnham, who as a young lawyer representing Angela Davis got caught in a racial and generational crossfire. Alongside these recollections, Meltsner provides a critical analysis of early civil rights efforts to achieve social change through litigation while also providing the wider context of the personalities, policies, and tactics that continue to shape reform efforts today.
Deeply researched and using case files that have previously been off-limits to historians, The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer will appeal to young and upcoming lawyers, to students of the history of the 1960s, of civil rights, and of African American studies, and to anyone interested in social change.
October 2, 2007 (Noon) University of Richmond School of Law, Westhampton Way, Richmond, Va.
March 21, at 7:30 pm, Newton, Ma. Public Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton Centre. Book Talk and Signing.
June 26: National Press Club, Washington DC. Keynote speaker at the Death Penalty Information Center's †10th annual Thurgood Marshall Journalism Awards luncheon.
June 30 Reading: 7 pm, Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge, MA.
July 1 Reading: 1 pm, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
July 2: Interview, KPFA/Pacifica Radio's Sunday Salon, hosted by Larry Bensky, 9AM Pacific Time
Sunday, July 23, 10 pm: The Jordan Rich show, WBZ Boston.
September 18: Mass. Liberal Arts College, N. Adams, Ma
September 20: At noon, Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
September 21: At noon, Duke Law School, Durham, NC (Webcast at http://www.law.duke.edu/webcast)
September 21 Reading: 7 pm at Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth Street, Durham NC
October 3: Reading for the Massachusetts Appleseed Center, Boston
October 5: Reading for Northeastern University School of Law Alumni, Boston
October 10: Northeastern University School of Law Dinner, Northhampton
October 12: Reading sponsored by the American Constitution Society, Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
October 17-18, Reading- Lecture, Vanderbilt University Law School, Nashville
November 8: Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, Ma: reception and book lecture, 4.30-6.30 PM.
November 13-14, Reading-Lecture Vermont Law School, South Royalton