MARSHALL: A Screening & Conversation

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MARSHALL: A Screening & Conversation

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Date and Time

  • Friday, March 23, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Rotunda & Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Presented by the University of San Diego School of Law and the Black Law Students Association

Years before Thurgood Marshall persuaded the United States Supreme Court to outlaw school segregation, years before he became a member of the Supreme Court himself, he founded the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund. In that capacity, he traveled all over the country giving legal assistance to criminal defendants in racially charged cases.

MARSHALL is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days, a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.


5:30 p.m. Registration Opens

6:00 p.m. Welcome and Screening (the movie will start at 6:05pm)

8:00 p.m. Panel discussion and Q&A

8:45 p.m. Reception with food and cash bar (ID required)

9:45 p.m. Event ends


Roy L. Brooks, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at USD and author of numerous books, including Racial Injustice in the Age of Obama and Structures of Judicial Decision Making, The Racial Glass Ceiling: Subordination in American Law and Culture (Yale University Press, 2017). In this work, Brooks explores socio-legal, socio-cultural, and socioeconomic conditions confronted by African Americans today, and offers solutions that draw upon distinctively American virtues.

Del Dickson, PhD, JD, Professor, Political Science and International Relations, Del Dickson has taught in the department of Political Science and International Relations since 1987. He is a former department chair and has served for 29 years as the undergraduate pre-law advisor. His research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, justice in common law countries, lay justice, and the relationship between law and democracy

Michael Koskoff the co-writer of the screenplay for MARSHALL is a trial lawyer, widely known for his courtroom litigation experience. At the beginning of his legal career, Michael and his father, Ted Koskoff, defended the Black Panthers in an historic New Haven trial. Presently, Michael is a principal at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder – a nationally known Connecticut law firm that concentrates in representing people who experience serious personal injuries, sexual abuse, and civil rights. He has received numerous awards for his legal, educational and civic work, including the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the Greater Bridgeport NAACP Waverly Jones Freedom Award, and the National Association of Black Patrolmen Dedicated Service Award. In addition to his legal training, Michael received formal training as an actor from the American Shakespeare Academy. Michael wrote the screenplay for MARSHALL with his son, Jacob. It is based upon the true story of a celebrated trial that was held in Bridgeport in 1941.

Jonathan Sanger, the co-producer of MARSHALL, has produced over fifty films, shorts and documentaries, including the 1982 film Frances, a biography starring Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley and Sam Shepherd. Sanger joined Cruise/Wagner Productions (Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner's production company) in 1996. He executive produced Without Limits, Suspect Zero and Vanilla Sky as well as supervising production on Mission Impossible 2 as well as all the Cruise/Wagner Productions over his six years with that company. The Elephant Man was Sanger's debut feature film producing credit. It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, and was awarded the BAFTA Award for Best Film in 1980 and the French César Award for Best Foreign Film. Other films produced by Sanger include Flight of the Navigator for Walt Disney Productions, The Doctor and the Devils for Twentieth Century Fox, The Producers, 100 Feet, and Paraíso Travel.

begin quoteMost young people think the Civil Rights movement started with Martin Luther King Jr. But it was going on for years before that. Thurgood Marshall was fighting the battle in a different form.
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