During the 2019 Constitution Day lecture, Marty Stolar discussed his career as a civil rights and criminal defense attorney. Stolar has represented thousands of arrested protestors and demonstrators representing movements that include the Black Panthers, Young Lords, RNC and Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter and climate change activism.
Stolar’s talk, titled “Protest and the Constitution: One Lawyer’s Work” took place in the Geneva Room on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5:15 p.m.
A graduate of NYU Law School and the University of Rochester, Stolar went on to work in private practice with the New York Law Commune, then as a solo practitioner. In conjunction with the National Lawyers Guild’s Mass Defense Committee, he began defending arrested protesters and demonstrators.
In 1971, when a group of Catholic anti-war protestors burnt draft papers in Camden, N.J., Stolar joined a three-member legal team that helped the defendants – who became known as the Camden 28 – bring national focus to the Vietnam War. Other notable cases include the 1971 rebellion of Attica inmates, grand jury resistors – including the seminal case of Lureida Torres from the Puerto Rican Independence movement – and post-9/11 Muslim detainees.
Stolar has been a member of the National Lawyers Guild since 1969, serving several times as president of the NYC Chapter and currently as president of the Chapter’s foundation. He has also been a successful litigant in quashing a federal Grand Jury subpoena and in a U.S. Supreme Court bar admission case.
At present, Stolar is representing Randy Credico in connection with the various investigations growing out of the Trump presidential campaign, including the Mueller Grand Jury.
Recent Constitution Day speakers at HWS include lawyer and faculty member at Cornell Law School Sujata Sidhu Gibson, political scientist and author Corey Robin, and historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist John Fabian Witt.