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Our Prisoners, Ourselves

Deborah LaBelle is using the state Legislature and international law to reform U.S. prisons

When Deborah LaBelle studied philosophy at Columbia University and environmental law at Wayne State University, she considered herself mainly a theorist; then two lawsuits set her on the road to activism. The first, involving the Freedom Riders, opened her eyes to the good the law could do; the second, involving women prisoners, gave her her life’s work. The Freedom Riders case alleged that the FBI was complicit in the beatings of freedom riders during the Civil Rights Movement …

What's Going On?

Henry Baskin represented Marvin Gaye and hosts a cable law program, but his legacy may be in family law

You could say Henry Baskin’s career was sidetracked by an early-morning phone call in 1967. His friend on the other line asked him to head down to Detroit’s main police headquarters at 1300 Beaubien Street, a tough section of a tough city still reeling from recent race riots. It seems a relativeof Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown Records, was in jail for impaired driving. That call turned into a long-term relationship with the Gordy family and their top talent. One client stayed …

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