Mar 29

Civil Rights Attorney Al Bronstein to speak at St. Thomas School of Law April 7 and 8

Published on: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Civil rights attorney Alvin J. Bronstein, Esq. will be the featured guest at two upcoming events at the University of St. Thomas. 

Bronstein will discuss “The Quest for Diversity: Continuing the March for Civil Rights” at the University of St. Thomas School of Law Diversity Brunch at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 8, in classroom 446 at the downtown Minneapolis campus.  The brunch is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP (deadline April 1).

Bronstein will also be the keynote speaker at “A Night of Brotherhood,” the first annual fundraiser and dinner for Brotherhood, Inc. at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, on in room 304 of the Murray-Herrick Campus Center on the St. Paul campus. For more information and to register for fundraiser .

At both events, he will speak about his experiences during the 1960s in the south, including his times with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., other civil rights leaders and groups like the NAACP, ACLU, COFF and CORE. In addition, he will talk about why Brotherhood, Inc. is important in changing black youths’ lives and why we need diverse leaders for the future.

Bronstein is a civil rights attorney and the founding executive director of the ACLU National Prison Project. He has been listed numerous times as one of the one hundred most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal and has argued numerous cases in federal trial and appellate courts as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. During the mid-1960s, Bronstein litigated civil rights cases in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.  Also during that time, he gave legal protection to Dr. Martin Luther King, which included bailing King out of jail twice.

Brotherhood, Inc. (“Brotherhood”) is a community-based, non-profit organization that was developed in partnership with the Community Justice Project of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, the Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corporation (ASANDC) and the St. Paul Branch of the NAACP.  Brotherhood will specifically serve young African-American men, ages 16-24.  Its mission is to enable African-American youths and young adults to envision and achieve successful futures.  

Bronstein’s presentations are sponsored by the American Bar Association Law Student Division and the American Civil Liberties Union. Other University of St. Thomas co-sponsors include Black Law Student Association, Community Justice Project, Criminal Law Association, Campus Democrats, Republican Lawyers Association and Student Government.

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