Panelists announced for John Doar History Trail Celebration
The City of New Richmond has announced the panelists who will participate in the two distinguished panel discussions as part of the John Doar History Trail Celebration.
The panel discussions will be held 1-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 at the WITC — New Richmond campus. Each panel will last approximately 90 minutes, with a short intermission in between. The event is free to attend, but advance registration is requested. To register for the event, contact Noah Wiedenfeld at 715-246-4268 or firstname.lastname@example.org or use the online form found on the City of New Richmond website, www.newrichmondwi.gov. Local media interested in photographing or video recording the event are also asked to register.
Panel One — Civil Rights Movement
John Doar served in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1960 to 1967. He rose to the position of assistant attorney general, or top lawyer, in charge of the Division. The first panel discussion features many prominent figures who worked with Doar during the Civil Rights Movement and in the Civil Rights Division.
The discussion will be moderated by Brian Landsberg. The panelists will be Arvid "Bud" Sather, MaryLee Allen, Robert "Bob" Moses, Chad Quaintance, and John Rosenberg. Also participating in the discussion will be James P. Turner, author of the recently released "Selma and the Liuzzo Murder Trials, The First Modern Civil Rights Convictions." Turner was a career lawyer in the Civil Rights Division for 25 years.
Panel Two - Nixon Impeachment
Doar served as special counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives during its impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Richard Nixon. This panel discussion features three members of Doar's legal team, as well as one of Doar's four children, who has studied the impeachment proceedings. The discussion will be moderated by Princeton University Professor Kevin Kruse. The panelists will be Maureen Barden, Richard Gill, Dorothy Landsberg, and Robert Doar.
"We are very excited and incredibly honored to have the opportunity to bring together such an amazing collection of panel participants and moderators," said City Administrator Mike Darrow. "We especially want to thank the Doar family for assisting with organizing this event — it wouldn't be possible without them. We hope the public will join us in what should be a special afternoon."
More detailed biographies of the moderators and panelists are below.
Moderator: Brian Landsberg
Professor Emeritus Brian Landsberg has taught at McGeorge School of Law, Pacific University, since 1986. His teaching has covered topics such as Constitutional, Civil Rights, and First Amendment Law, among others. He served alongside Doar as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where his career began with trial work to vindicate the right of African-Americans in Alabama to vote, notably including the case that recognized the right to march from Selma to Montgomery to protest racial discrimination in voter registration.
Landsberg also worked on some of the first cases to desegregate public accommodations, provide fair employment and fair housing cases. As Chief of the Education Section, he helped litigate the cases that transformed the schools of the Deep South from the most segregated to the most integrated schools in the nation by the mid-1970s.
He then became Chief of the Appellate Section, arguing cases in United States Courts of Appeals throughout the country, as well as working on Supreme Court briefs in seminal civil rights cases.
Arvid "Bud" Sather
A New Richmond native, Bud Sather became good friends with John Doar in his youth while working with him at the New Richmond Golf Club. After attending George Washington University Law School and serving in the United States Navy, Sather was the first lawyer hired by John Doar in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He worked on several significant voting rights cases and accompanied James Meredith during his first weeks at the University of Mississippi.
Sather later served as Counsel to Gov. Warren Knowles and served as Deputy to Attorney General Robert Warren, before serving as a private attorney in Wisconsin for more than 40 years.
MaryLee Allen is Director of Policy at the Children's Defense Fund, where she has played a leadership role in the development, passage, and implementation of major child welfare and children's mental health reforms over the past three decades.
A New Richmond native, she graduated from Marquette University and received her MSW from the National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University. She began her early professional career in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Allen has authored and co-authored many reports and publications and has testified before Congress several times throughout her years at CDF.
She serves on the Board of Directors of Generations United and has served on many other boards, task forces, and advisory committees. Earlier in 2017, she received the Child Welfare Leadership Prize from the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia.
Robert "Bob" Moses
Bob Moses was educated at Hamilton College and Harvard University and taught mathematics at the Horace Mann School in New York before leaving to work full time in the civil rights movement. As a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he organized voter registration drives in the South and was a leader of the Freedom Summer project. Moses later founded The Algebra Project, which uses real-life experiences to teach mathematics to underprivileged school children. His work has been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. Moses served as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University and received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Harvard University.
Chad Quaintance was a trial lawyer in the Civil Rights Division, 1964-70. He opened the division's first field office in Selma, Ala., in 1965. With wife Lucy and daughter Mary, he lived three years in Selma; son Tom was born in Selma.
In 1969, Quaintance received the John Marshall award as the outstanding trial lawyer in the Justice Department.
From 1970-95 he was a trial lawyer at the Maslon law firm in Minneapolis. Son John was born in the Twin Cities.
In the course of trying many commercial (and a handful of civil rights) cases, Quaintance became a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 1995 he went back to school, this time to study theology. After receiving his Ph.D. he taught theology for several years at Hanover College in Indiana.
Now retired a second time, he is active at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, where he is an adult education teacher and active in a number of ministries. He and Lucy have four grandchildren.
John Rosenberg was born in Germany to Jewish parents in 1931. After spending one year in an internment camp in Holland, his family was able to flee on a boat to New York City. Rosenberg received a bachelor's degree from Duke University and served four years in the U.S. Air Force before graduating from UNC Law School.
He was part of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice from 1962 to 1970, where he served on Doar's team that prosecuted the murders of three civil rights workers.
Rosenberg was later the deputy director of the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, where his team of lawyers served those without the resources to hire their own lawyers for issues such as coal mine health and safety, environmental law, and health and disability issues. He has been influential in improving housing conditions in Kentucky and in establishing the East Kentucky Science Center, which strives to inspire young people to enter the field of science.
James P. Turner
James P. Turner served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General, the senior career lawyer in the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, for 25 years under seven consecutive Presidents of both parties.
A 1952 graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, Turner served in the Marine Corps in Japan and Korea before completing Law School at the University of Colorado and joining the Department of Justice in 1957.
Returning to Colorado in 1961, he stayed in private practice until early 1965, when he was hired by Doar to help enforce the new Civil Rights Act. He coordinated the Division's support at the unsuccessful Alabama state murder trials of the klansmen who killed civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo in 1965, and later assisted Doar in the federal conspiracy prosecution, which resulted in the first conviction of klansmen in a death case in modern Southern history.
Turner played leadership roles in the Division's activities ranging from the Kent State Grand Jury proceedings and the Rodney King police misconduct trial to voting rights cases and reparations for Japanese-American internees.
Since retiring in 1994, he has written on civil rights issues in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other publications. He is also the author of two books — "The Other Side of the Mountain: An Autobiography," and "Selma and the Liuzzo Murder Trials: The First Modern Civil Rights Convictions" (forthcoming University of Michigan Press).
Moderator: Dr. Kevin Kruse
Kruse is a professor of history at Princeton University, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on 20th century U.S. history, race and racism in modern American politics, the civil rights movement, postwar suburbia, and the Religious Right at Princeton.
He has authored two books and is currently completing a trade/textbook with co-author Julian Zelizer titled "Divided We Stand: America Since the 1970s." Kruse is working on a new project, tentatively titled "The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department and the Civil Rights Movement." Drawing on the papers of Doar, the project promises to shed new light on the relationship between the federal government, the Jim Crow South, and the civil rights revolution.
Kruse was honored as one of America's top young "Innovators in the Arts and Sciences" by the Smithsonian Magazine, selected as one of the top young historians in the country by the History News Network, and named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians.
Maureen Barden was recruited by John Doar in December 1973 to serve as the Chief of the Control Section — also called The Library—of the Impeachment Inquiry. Along with a small group of other paralegals, she worked with the legal staff to analyze investigative materials and prepare the Statements of Information presented to the House Judiciary Committee in May and June 1974.
She later attended law school and worked as a local and federal prosecutor for more than two decades. In 2006, she became one of the first federal reentry coordinators in the country, and helped to establish a federal reentry court program in Philadelphia.
As a 2013 Soros Justice fellow, she worked to enable people leaving custody to enroll in Medicaid prior to release; she is now a consultant to several Pennsylvania counties regarding pretrial reform. Her undergraduate education was at St. John's College and Columbia University; she received her law degree from New York University. She and her husband, David Othmer, live in Philadelphia.
Richard Gill is the senior partner in Copeland Franco; he has been an active litigator in a broad range of civil matters, including securities fraud (both plaintiff and defense), trusts and trust investment management, complex business litigation, insurance coverage, employment, personal injury, pharmaceutical pricing, and investments.
He has over 200 reported decisions from state and federal courts, is a Fellow of both The American College of Trial Lawyers and The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and is one of only two or three attorneys in the United States to have that dual distinction. He has been engaged in major litigation in areas as geographically diverse as Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota, Florida and Illinois.
In his career, Gill has served as Senior Associate Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives on the Impeachment of President Richard Nixon, as Vice-Chair of the committee which wrote Alabama's Appellate Rules (and is author of the Official Commentary to such rules), as a disciplinary judge for the Alabama State Bar for many years, and as a member of the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Disciplinary Committee.
Dorothy Landsberg is the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and an Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills at McGeorge School of Law. Landsberg was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in July 2013 after serving as Director of Legal Clinics for four years.
Prior to coming to the law school, she worked for 20 years in one of Sacramento's premier law firms. A specialist in education and employment law, she litigated cases before administrative law judges, trial courts and the California Courts of Appeal. Her career began in 1965 in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice on the staff of Doar, and she later served as a researcher with Doar when he was counsel to the Impeachment Inquiry of the House Judiciary Committee in 1974.
Robert Doar is the Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where his research focuses on how improved federal and state anti-poverty policies and safety net programs can reduce poverty, connect individuals to work, strengthen families, and increase opportunities for low-income Americans and their children.
While at AEI, Doar has served as a co-chair of the National Commission on Hunger and as a lead member of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity. Before joining AEI, he worked for Mayor Michael Bloomberg as commissioner of New York City's Human Resources Administration. Before joining the Bloomberg administration, he was commissioner of social services for the state of New York, where he helped to make the state a model for the implementation of welfare reform.
Doar has testified numerous times before Congress, and his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Hill, and National Review, among other publications. Doar has a bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University where he wrote his senior thesis on the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry.