Jerome Carlin (1927-2014) was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Carlin's family particularly his father, a lawyer, greatly influenced his professional and artistic endeavors throughout his life. He graduated from Harvard University and received graduate degrees in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a LL.B from Yale Law School. In 1963 he moved to Berkeley to teach and conduct research at the University of California, Center for the Study of Law and Society. In the late 1960's at the height of President Johnson's War on Poverty, he establish and became Director of the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation which provided free legal services to low income and the poor residents of San Francisco. In 1970 he decided to leave this administrative post and turned to painting full time, he continued to be socially active in opposing the War in Vietnam and Iraq War while helping to create the Bay Area Artists for Nuclear Sanity and the Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts now called the California Lawyers for the Arts. During the last Forty years of his life he continued to paint full time with his work represented in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Oakland Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art .