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Barry Nakell, born in 1942, grew up in Michigan during the civil rights era. He received his law degree from Illinois College of Law and focused his career in civil rights litigation. In this interview he describes his transition from practicing law in a California firm to teaching law in North Carolina. Nakell speaks about his work with legal services for the indigent while in California and advocacy work for prisoner rights including his representation of prisoners in the Bounds v. Smith [430 U.S. 817 (1977)] case. He reflects on his work with the ACLU and involvement with notable First Amendment cases. He also discusses a book he authored about the death penalty and describes his research process.

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