Arc of Justice: Hidden Legal Figures, Tuesday, Feb. 26

The Center for Access to Justice and Georgia State Law are pleased to serve as partners in the Arc of Justice Project Hidden Legal Figures series. The series is intended to generate interest in a traveling exhibit recognizing the heroic and vital contribution lawyers and judges made to the American Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit will premiere in 2019 at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, author Mark Curriden will present his book Contempt of Court, which details the work of attorney Noah Parden in a turn-of-the-century case that forever changed how the Constitution is used to protect the rights of criminal defendants. Attendees will also learn about the Judge Elbert Tuttle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Law Professor Anne Emanuel will discuss Judge Tuttle’s legacy and his role in landmark cases that contributed to the dismantling of Jim Crow laws throughout the South. Finally, a panel of experts will detail what stands on the horizon for the contemporary civil rights movement and the hidden legal figures whose work will be central to the continuing struggle.



Schedule of Events:

1:00-1:30pm Registration & Check-in
1:30-1:45pm Opening
1:45-2:45pm Mark Curriden, Contempt of Court: The Turn of the Century Lynching that Launched a Hundred Years of Federalism
2:45-3:45pm Anne Emanuel, Elbert Parr Tuttle: Chief Jurist of the Civil Rights Revolution
3:45-4:00pm Break
4:00-5:30pm Panel: Contemporary Civil and Human Rights: Dismantling Interlocking Systems that Undermine Equal Participation in Democratic Society

6:00pm Reception, Catherine Henson Atrium, College of Law


Attorneys can earn 3.5 hours of general CLE credit in Georgia. Questions? Contact Derrick Alexander Pope, J.D., president and managing director of the Arc of Justice Project, at



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