Michael Ratner is a past President of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and taught at Columbia and Yale law schools.
In this video, Ratner describes being introduced to the Guild while attending Columbia Law school (where he would revive the NLG student chapter), and how the Guild inspired him to "litigate in a political, not just legal, way."
Hear him describe the Guild through the decades - from its decimation by McCarthyism and the Red Scare in the 1950s, to its revival during the anti-war movement of the '60s, to Crockett v. Reagan in the '80s, to today.
This video is part of the Speaking Freely NLG video history series.
Video by Off Center Media