As a college student, I worked in Holly Springs, Mississippi, as a voter registration worker in the summer of 1964 as part of COFO (was arrested and jailed a number of times) and independently in the summer of 1965 for a shorter time. I also raised money for the Holly Springs project during my final two years in college and participated in civil rights activities in my home state of Indiana while in college.
The Mississippi experience led me to go to law school, and my first job (for five years) was with the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. I had greatly admired the Fund's lawyers in the summer of 1964, and they got me out of jail a number of times. While a staff lawyer there from 1973 to 1978, I worked primarily on the defense of capital cases and at abolishing the death penalty. Since then, I have done a number of death cases pro bono while in private practice.