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Loyola University New Orleans: Graham Thatcher in Impeach Justice Douglas!

Loyola press release - December 15, 2003

On Thursday, January 29, 2004, the Loyola Institute for Continuing Legal Education and University Ministry will present a one-man play featuring Graham Thatcher as William O. Douglas in Impeach Justice Douglas! Douglas served as associate justice of the Supreme Court from 1939 to 1975, longer than any other justice in history.

Douglas was one of the most controversial justices in Supreme Court history and he helped decide some of the nation’s most important cases. His adamant views concerning environmentalism and the Bill of Rights, which he believed existed “to keep government off the backs of the people,” clashed with some members of Congress and the White House, including presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, who pursued his impeachment.

Impeach Justice Douglas! addresses issues that were imperative to Douglas, including the aftermath of the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, the “McCarthy era,” and the Vietnam War. The play encompasses the case of Brown vs. Board of Education, in which the Supreme Court made the famous decision to expunge the “separate but equal” policy and instigate desegregation in the nation. These issues in which Douglas dealt remain prominent social and political concerns of the day: freedom of speech, race, and individual rights.

Graham Thatcher, of Periaktos Productions, played Clarence Darrow in Crimes, Causes, and the Courtroom, performed at Loyola in January 2003. Impeach Justice Douglas! will be performed Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 6:15 p.m. in Roussel Performance Hall on Loyola’s main campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The $60 admission includes 2.5 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 for ethics and 1.0 for professionalism. General admission is $25. Advance registration is advised; seating is limited. Contact Loyola’s CLE Office at 861-5441 or visit http://law.loyno.edu/cle/.