By William T. Coleman Jr., with Donald T. Bliss
Invoice Coleman's tale is one who more youthful generations may still mark and inwardly digest, lest they omit the pioneers who helped to make a greater American attainable. —From the Foreword by means of Stephen G. Breyer William Coleman has spent a life-time commencing doorways and breaking down boundaries. He has been an eyewitness to historical past; additionally, he has made background. this is often his inspiring tale, in his personal phrases. american citizens of colour confronted daunting obstacles within the Nineteen Forties. regardless of graduating first in his category at Harvard legislations and clerking for preferrred courtroom Justice Felix Frankfurter, Coleman was once close out of significant East Coast legislations agencies. yet because the Philadelphia local writes, "The instances, they have been a changing." He not just benefited from that change—he helped propel it, in terms of dogged selection, indisputable mind, and stellar accomplishment. Coleman s criminal paintings with Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP criminal protection and academic Fund helped jumpstart the civil rights circulate within the Nineteen Fifties. He used to be the 1st American of colour to clerk for the best courtroom, and later served as senior suggestions to the Warren fee, investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1975 he used to be appointed secretary of transportation via President Gerald Ford—the first American of colour to serve in a Republican cabinet—and in 1995 he acquired the Presidential Medal of Freedom from invoice Clinton. At his center, invoice Coleman is a attorney. He strives to be a "counsel for the situation"—an recommend capable of tackle significant issues in quite a few criminal disciplines whereas upholding the top traditions of justice and the general public curiosity. he's fiercely pleased with the felony career s function in a democratic society and unfastened financial system, and he's thankful for the possibilities that occupation has afforded him within the court docket room, the board room, and the corridors of strength. it truly is via this prism that he relates his personal story—his existence and the legislation. the consequences communicate for themselves, and during this immensely enjoyable chronicle, the suggestions for the location speaks for himself.
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Counsel for the situation: shaping the law to realize America's promise by William T. Coleman Jr., with Donald T. Bliss