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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Lloyd Cutler, R.I.P.

As many of you know from here and Kaimi's earlier post, Lloyd Cutler passed away this past Sunday, May 8th, at his home in D.C.  Cutler had an amazing career over the decades, but what really strikes me was how non-partisan it was.  For example, Cutler worked with such prominent Republicans as Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker, but also worked for President Carter  and assisted many liberal advocacy groups during his long career.   He was a man devoted to justice, whichever side it might be on.

For me, Cutler's most impressive work was his role in organizing lawyers to defend civil rights workers and his formation of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights.  In law school, I had the honor and the pleasure of studying with another civil rights trailblazer, Burke Marshall, and the passion these men brought to civil rights work was amazing to see. 

Men like Cutler and Marshall were giants, striding through the legal profession and blazing new paths.  Like the page in Good King Wenceslas, we can only hope to follow in their footsteps.

Posted by Laura I Appleman on May 11, 2005 at 05:43 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink


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Lloyd Cutler's career was non-partisan only in the sense that being strongly identified with the Democratic party means one is non-partisan. Cutler was respected among Republicans, yes; but that doesn't mean his career was non-partisan.

Posted by: Ed | May 11, 2005 11:11:56 AM

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