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TCL > July 2001 Issue > Sunday, September 23, 2001

July 2001       Vol. 30, No. 7       Page  65

Sunday, September 23, 2001

Sunday, September 23, 2001



Continental Breakfast
Graham Thatcher,
Sunday, Sept. 23,
featured speaker
"Impeach Justice Douglas"

Part I - When Justice William O. Douglas retired from the United States Supreme Court in 1975, he had served for thirty-six years, longer than any other justice in history, and had helped to decide some of the most important cases in the nation's history. He was an inveterate traveler, prolific writer, and popular speaker, who used his position to espouse his controversial ideas on environmentalism and the Bill of Rights. His public visibility and open criticism won him friends in some places and more than a few enemies in the Congress and the White House, some of whom actively, though unsuccessfully, sought his impeachment. This presentation, which is an expanded version of last year's luncheon program, features Mr. Graham Thatcher in an engaging solo performance that uses anecdote, humor and painful remembrances to explore some of the most explosive issues of William O. Douglas' tenure on the Supreme Court. He wrestles with balancing "wilderness mind" with the often hostile adversarial conflicts created by his controversial opinions and his active public life. Extolling the virtues and berating the weaknesses of "the brethren" on the Court, he passionately addresses the issues of race, freedom of speech and the rights of the individual. William O. Douglas' legacy is a call for vigilance to protect human rights and action to protect the earth's environment. This production explores that legacy and provokes thought about our own responsibilities as citizens, not only of the United States, but of the world.

Part II - Panel Discussion. Our panel, led by Allison Eid (CU Professor of Constitutional Law in Boulder), and including Colorado Supreme Court Justice Nancy Rice, Denver attorney Jim Scarboro (former clerk to Justice Byron White), Denver Post journalist Bob Ewegen, and thespian Graham Thatcher, will discuss Justice Douglas's life and approach to the great Court, focusing especially on judicial activism and judicial independence. A man of action, the judicial philosophy of William O. Douglas was ingenuous: "The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people."

For more information, please call Dana Collier Smith at 303-824-5318 or 800-332-6736.

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