Law: Vindicating Rights in California

Federal Judge Irving Hill likes to recall that his uncle, a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant to the U.S., went to a railroad station in New York City, plunked down his savings and asked for a ticket west, as far as his money would take him. That turned out to be Lincoln, Neb. Hill's father, arriving from the Ukraine "with less than a buck in his pocket," followed, and it was in Lincoln that Hill was born and raised.

"Inbred in me is a concern for rights of the minority, no matter how unpopular," says Hill, 64. "Concern for religious and political freedom, human...

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