1.15.18 — Professor Michael Meltsner will read from his new book, With Passion: An Activist Lawyer’s Life, recently published by the Twelve Tables Press, at two author events in February: 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, Mass. 02446,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 7:00pm
Porter Square Books, 25 White Street, Cambridge, Mass. 02140

With PassionGrowing up in a Depression-battered family, one tangled by a mortal secret, With Passion tells the improbable story of an unsung hero of the civil rights movement who thought of himself as a “miscast” lawyer but ended up defending peaceful protesters, representing Mohammad Ali, suing Robert Moses, counseling Lenny Bruce, bringing the case that integrated hundreds of southern hospitals, and named “the principal architect of the death penalty abolition movement in the United States.”

More than a meditation on frustrating legal efforts to fight inequality and racism, Michael Meltsner—also a novelist and playwright—vividly recounts the life of a New York kid, struggling to make sense of coming of age amid the tumult of vast demographic and cultural changes in the city.

Hired by Thurgood Marshall, Matthews Distinguished University Professor Michael Meltsner was first assistant counsel to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1960s, where he handled major civil rights cases before the federal courts. Among his clients were the North Carolina doctors and dentists who ended Southern hospital racial segregation, Mohammad Ali and numerous death row inmates challenging capital punishment. After co-founding the clinical program at Columbia Law School, he served as dean of Northeastern University School of Law from 1979 until 1984. His memoir, The Making of a Civil Rights Lawyer, was published in 2006. Among his other writings are: Cruel and Unusual: The Supreme Court and Capital PunishmentPublic Interest AdvocacyReflections on Clinical Legal Education; and Short Takes, a novel. His 2011 play, “In Our Name: A Play of the Torture Years,” has been performed in New York and Boston to great acclaim.

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