Malcolm Burnstein

in The Free Speech Movement

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520222212
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928619 | DOI:

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This chapter offers a lawyer's perspective on the Free Speech Movement (FSM). It relates the author's experience in counselling and later participating in the criminal defense of the participants in the FSM. It suggests that the FSM defense offered many opportunities for socially conscious lawyers to put their skills and professional training to work for principles in which they believed. It explains that the principal reason for the convictions of the FSM defendants was the waiver of jury trials, a decision based on the felt need to expedite the proceedings and free the defendants for academic and other endeavors.

Keywords: lawyer; FSM; criminal defense; convictions; jury trials

Chapter.  5737 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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