Attorney Lawrence Kennon explains how he become a civil rights attorney during the freedom movement years of the 60s and early 70s. Kennon represented many activists during that period, including the NAACP, Black Panthers, and the African-American Patrolmen's League. Lawrence describes the omnipresent social role of institutional racism in the United States.
NLG-Chicago attorney Jim Fennerty describes the important role of Guild attorneys in supporting progressive and radical movements for social change. In this interview, Jim shares his experiences working as a new attorney on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1973, when he supported the American Indian Movement and other liberation struggles of the time.
Attorney Standish Willis explains his past work with the National Conference of Black Lawyers, a closely allied organization to the National Lawyers Guild. Standish also highlights the work of Chicago NLG attorneys in supporting the election of Mayor Harold Washington and litigating the Jon Burge police torture cases. He ends the interview by sharing his hopes for the future of the National Lawyers Guild in supporting social justice movements.