Tonight we have a special guest, Attorney Larry E. Williams, a civil rights attorney, who was Director of the Greater Watts Justice Center in the 70s and 80s. We talk about the inequalities in the criminal justice system and its impact on young black and brown men.
Mr. Williams was born in the Mississippi River Delta Town of Helena, Arkansas in 1944. As a Senior in High School, he migrated to Los Angeles and attended undergrad and grad school at UCLA in the mid-1960’s. He taught English and Speech at Manual Arts High School for one year before attending Columbia University School of Law in New York City from where he graduated. After Law School he became a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow and was the Directing Attorney for the Greater Watts Justice Center from 1972 to 1983 where he directed a staff of thirty. Thereafter, he entered private practice of law, primarily handling Criminal, Personal Injury and Real Estate Matters. He is based in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles and handles a limited practice in Criminal Defense.