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Editors note: Arthur Kinoy will be available to meet with media at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9 in the faculty lounge (Room 450) of the Boyd Law Building.

Famed 'people's lawyer' Kinoy lectures April 10 at UI law school

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Arthur Kinoy, an attorney who has successfully defended the rights of laborers, anti-war protesters, and civil rights activists in several landmark legal cases, will lecture Thursday, April 10 at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Kinoy, who is a Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Rutgers University Law School, will speak at 4 p.m. April 10 in Levitt Auditorium of the Boyd Law Building.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The visit is sponsored by the Ida Beam Visiting Professorship Program in conjunction with the College of Law.

Kinoy, whose legal work on behalf of activist groups protesting abuse of governmental and presidential power has earned him the nickname "people's lawyer," is co-president of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the co-national chairperson of the National Center for Public Action. He also directs the National Center for Public Interest Law at Rutgers.

Kinoy's 30-year career includes:

-- Successfully arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972 that the administration of then-president Richard M. Nixon should be barred from using electronic surveillance to monitor domestic organizations without a warrant. The Court ruled such warrantless eavesdropping was unconstitutional.

-- Obtaining the first federal injunction against the House Un-American Activities Committee while representing student anti-war leaders in 1966.

-- Successfully arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1965 that the protection of the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution should supersede state laws limiting the activities of political groups considered "subversive."

Kinoy vaulted to national prominence in 1951 as an attorney for accused spy Morton Sobell. Sobell and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were convicted of providing the Soviet Union with secret government information about the atomic bomb.

Kinoy is the author of the book, "Rights on Trial: The Odyssey of a People's Lawyer."

Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Her only UI connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund to bring top scholars in a variety of disciplines to campus for lectures and discussions.