My mother, in her own way, and many of the people who were active in the 60's were formative and informative for me. Because that was a time when we were really in the posture of questioning. I think that some of the questioning was silly, but some of it was extremely valuable.... I think the leadership during the 60's, which hasn't really been replicated that I can see currently, had a big impact on my formative years.... Certainly our African American leaders: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcom X, and women - Maya Angelou, Angela Davis - who were extremely willing to express the view of what our society could be as opposed to what it was, and willing to challenge what it was, sometimes in less societally acceptable ways.
Also, I was very positively influenced by what was known as the Warren Supreme Court, which is thought of now as an activist court. Legal activism is something that society actually, in some ways, wants of the law, rather than just holding the line or maintaining the status quo.
Most law applicants write about wanting to do something to advance social justice. Two percent get to do it as their life work after law school because of the forces of economics and what law school teaches... So most practitioners go off into the standard law practice and yet in many of those practitioners still live the applicants, who would like to see law do something more to lead than just to follow.
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