Our Speaker will be Gordon Martin: trial judge and a lawyer for Kennedy's Justice Department in the 1960's! He worked on and will speak about key voting rights cases in Mississippi and is the author of "One by One, Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote", an account of the department's first voting rights case in Mississippi in the face of the entrenched Southern segregationists. For more about Gordon see below.
Evening Program: Drinks at 6:30; Dinner at 7 followed by the Speaker. There are two choices for dinner: A three course Italian dinner at $36.00 or a pizza and salad dinner at $20.00. (The pizza is authentic Italian pizza!)
Note: The Economy club has many members who will be there who are not part of the Meetup Group attendance.
More about the Speaker:
Gordon Martin served as a trial judge in Massachusetts for 21 years. During the Kennedy Administration, he was one of a dozen lawyers working the Deep South voting and intimidation cases for the Civil Rights Division of Robert Kennedy’s Justice Department. Less than two years after completing law school, he and the late Bob Owen prepared United States v. Theron Lynd, the Department’s first major voting rights case to go to trial in Mississippi. His account of the case and its brave witnesses is Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote. Martin also investigated hunger in the Mississippi Delta and discrimination on southern air bases.
Upon returning to Massachusetts, he was First Assistant United States Attorney here, later Special Assistant to Senator Edward M. Kennedy and then a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination and a partner in the Boston law firm, Martin, Morse, Wylie & Kaplan. He was appointed by Governor Dukakis to the Roxbury District Court which then had the most drug cases, gun cases and domestic violence of any state court.
In 2000 Martin was a visiting professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law, teaching Civil Rights and Legal Ethics. He is an adjunct professor at New England Law Boston, where he teaches Civil Rights and Community Courts: Problem Solving at the First Level of Justice. Martin has co-authored a civil rights casebook and written more than thirty chapters, articles and op-ed pieces. He is a graduate of Roxbury Latin, Harvard College and New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden Scholar. He lives in Jamaica Plain, with his wife Stephanie. They have four adult children.