Wayne Law to host Dean Robb memorial June 6


The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School will host “Dean Robb Memorial: Celebrating the Life of an Unlikely Radical,” Thursday, June 6.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 W. Palmer St. Guests can register in advance at rsvp.wayne.edu/robblecture19. Parking is $8 (credit and debit cards only) across West Palmer Street from the Law School.

The event will celebrate the life and legacy of Dean, Wayne Law class of 1949, who was a longtime activist and noted civil rights attorney. He was a founding member of the nation’s first interracial law firm and a leading legal figure in the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1960s, recruiting and organizing lawyers throughout the country to provide legal support to civil rights demonstrators. Dean was also the attorney for the family of Viola Liuzzo, a Detroit homemaker who was tragically murdered in 1965 by the Ku Klux Klan in Alabama following the famous march from Selma to Montgomery.

Delivering the keynote address will be Dean’s son Matthew Robb, Wayne Law class of 2016. Bill and Richard Goodman, among others, will also deliver tributes and memorials.

This event is part of the annual Dean Robb Public Interest Lecture at Wayne Law. It is intended to inspire law students, attorneys, public-interest groups and everyday citizens to become more active in public service and public-interest law. The series is made possible by the Royal Oak law firm of Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC and is supported by the Public Justice Foundation.

For more information, contact Professor Peter J. Hammer at phammer@wayne.edu.