Lawyers: Counsel for the Dissent

Wherever there is an unpopular cause that most lawyers would not dare touch, Bill Kunstler seems to show up as defense counsel. Kunstler, a Manhattan attorney, is a kind of courtroom paladin who specializes in protecting the right of dissent and even civil disobedience His recent clients include the Black Panthers, Negro Militant Rap Brown Yippie Jerry Rubin, and Roman Catholic draft protesters in Milwaukee and Baltimore. Since Kunstler's role is usually to attack well-entrenched precedent he can be counted on for an original pro vocative argument.

He presented one such argument...