Remembering Anthony Lewis

Gideon at 50 panel participants

Front Row: Anthony Lewis, Margot Botsford; Back Row: David Bunis ’83, Fred Lawrence, William Leahy, Dan Terris. Photo by Heratch Ekmekjian

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Lewis passed away March 25 at the age of 85. We were privileged to host Mr. Lewis at Brandeis on March 18 in what turned out to be his last public appearance.

Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis

As part of a panel marking the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court decision guaranteeing those accused of crimes the right to be represented by a lawyer, Mr. Lewis graced us with his keen insight into the legal environment and social context that characterized his classic 1964 book “Gideon’s Trumpet.”

I can’t help but feel privileged to have been on the podium with Mr. Lewis as he displayed his characteristic analytical brilliance, tempered by his gentle sense of humor and mastery of the art of storytelling.

Since much of my career has been focused on teaching the law, I feel that I owe him a debt of gratitude for a career that made an understanding of the law accessible to students, aspiring attorneys and legal scholars, and all who seek to understand the moral and ethical framework of our society.

Videos of the March 18 panel are available on YouTube.

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