Disturbing the Universe

I couldn’t help but dig this up, again. While studying, I was reading my notes on the Kunstler v. Galligan (1991) case. Oh Kunstler! The attorney who would jump on tables and yell in the court room. He walked through the very streets I walk, here in the Village. I published this post my first year of law school. Here we are in my last year of this blessed Juris Doctor degree, and I am still passionate about this speech, this man’s radical lawyering and his way of leaving no important thought unspoken. I still want to “disturb the universe”…


By: Gabriela Yareliz

This should probably go under the “Chronicles of a Law Student” page where I update about things that go on as a 1L, but I found this to be so powerful that I wanted to share generally. Today I watched an excellent documentary on a controversial lawyer who defended civil liberties and fought racism, but He also was seen as a hypocrit and a bit crazy as his days came to a close; William (Bill) Kunstler. His daughters made the documentary in a way vindicating but also discovering the man their father was.

Though ego-centric and though he had questionable ethical reasoning behind his representation of certain clients, I can’t help but really, really respect him. I had read, in the past, cases he litigated, and it wasn’t until now that I found out, oh wow–he was the one who won that case.

I think about many of…

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Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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