Clarence Darrow’s Search for Justice

Continuing Legal Education Credit: 1 to 1-4 hours, including 1.5 for Ethics

Darrow_books2.photo.colorIssues covered include:

  • Conspiracy Laws
  • Killing in Self Defense
  • Death Penalty
  • Legal Ethics
  • Creationism versus Darwin
  • Plea-Bargaining
  • Struggles of Early Labor Unions
  • Credibility of Witnesses
  • Civil Rights
  • Jury Selection Process
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Talking to Jury Technique

“This is one of the finest one man shows that I have ever seen.” … Siskiyou Daily News

As a lawyer, Darrow braved the wrath of the entire nation in unforgettable courtroom dramas that pitted one man against the entrenched forces of the Establishment.

His clients were considered abominable, vilified in the press and hated by the vast majority of Americans. His private life was considered scandalous. Here is the passionate story of a man larger than life in his appetites, his ambition, and his genius.

“This production is magnificent!”… Richard Hine, Editor, The Almanac

“Anderson, as Darrow, shows how one man not only challenged injustice but affected the course of American Jurisprudence.”  …Oakland Tribune

Trials covered include

  • The Scopes “Monkey” Trial  (with ACLU)
  • The People vs Clarence Darrow Jury Tampering Trials
  • Bill Haywood Murder Trial
  • The Sweet Murder Trials (with NAACP)
  • The Los Angeles Times Bombing Trial of the McNamara 
Brothers (with AFL)

 

Gary Anderson as Clarence Darrow in Idaho Public Television’s: Assassination, Idaho’s Trial of the Century.

“Holds the audience spellbound. Don’t miss this engaging and thought provoking performance!”… San Leandro Times

Clarence Darrow’s Search for Justice
is a portrait of the history of our legal profession
and of Darrow-the man.

This is the return of Clarence Darrow, at war and as warrior, returning to engage our justice system in a presentation that trembles with inescapable timeliness.

This is a “warts and all” presentation. He fell down hard and often. He was brilliant; he was a philanderer, a loving grandfather of three and an egotistical grandstander who may have been guilty of jury tampering. This is the man behind the legend, not always the hero and not always at his best, with serious legal problems of his own that scarred and haunted him forever.

Clarence Darrow’s Search for Justice is exhilarating, relevant, inspirational, educational and is characterized in the same dramatic league as Holbrook’s Mark Twain in newspapers across the country.

This is not a dry lecture but history alive. The attendees become the jury in every case discussed. The show is interactive as Mr. Darrow moves in and out of the audience asking questions which provokes introspection.

He was this country’s greatest warrior for social justice. His clients were vilified in the press and hated by the vast majority of Americans. His clients were the poor and defenseless of our nation. He defended the murderers, the reviled and the abominable. He was their voice when no other voices dare rise in their defense.  Darrow said, “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.”

He never lost a client who faced the death penalty and saved 102 men from execution.  His clients were the new immigrants to

America, practicing unfamiliar religions, treated with suspicion and scorn.

His trials and legal issues were and still are immediate, controversial, and inspiring.

As Mr. Darrow once said, “True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”

Letters of Recommendation

“Your presentation was without question one of the most inspirational programs ever offered in this District for criminal defense attorneys. Your portrayal of Darrow was magnificent and your detailed analysis of his pivotal trials was both entertaining and educational.”
Office of the Federal Public Defender, Northern District of New York

“Your riveting program reminded attorneys why they love the law and the precious power entrusted to them to protect the law. The attorneys who attended commended your portrayal of Darrow and the awareness that was raised of the noble role of an attorney.”
Pennsylvania Bar Institute 

“I am happy to recommend this program to any law school, Inn of Court, or any other groups interested in outstanding and inspirational legal education. ”
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

More letters of recommendation are available upon request