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Marmaduke Discusses Impact of Landmark Civil Rights Decision

May 27, 2014
Tonkon Torp founding partner, Don Marmaduke, participated in a special Oregon State Bar seminar marking the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark civil rights decision, Brown v. Board of Education Topeka.
The May 16 event included the screening of a movie about the life of Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the Brown case. Following the movie, Marmaduke participated in a panel discussion that explored Marshall’s legacy and the effects of the Brown decision. In addition to decades of trial experience, Marmaduke brought a unique perspective as a volunteer trial counsel for civil rights activists in Mississippi in 1965. He was joined on the panel by the Honorable Richard Baldwin of the Oregon Supreme Court and Carolyn Leonard, a retired Portland educator and internationally recognized scholar in multicultural education and civil rights.
Marmaduke is the firm’s senior trial partner and a member of the Civil Rights & Constitutional Law practice group, among others. He specializes in cases before state and federal courts in Oregon and elsewhere, and has tried more than 250 cases including many jury cases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers.