September 26, 2008
John Doar, who led the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division during the turbulent early 1960s, delivered the Gordon D. Schaber Lecture on September 23, 2008 at McGeorge.
Doar was one of a handful of federal officials on the frontlines of the battle between the civil rights movement and white segregationists in the fight to extend voting rights to Black Southerners. He credited the strength and courage of Black families, the work of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the martyrdom of others for winning the historic battle that resulted in the passage and signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The Gordon D. Schaber Lecture Series is sponsored by the Witkin Legal Institute, which supports the professional activities of local bar associations, judicial organizations, and law schools in California. The institute honors the late B.E. Witkin, the most influential legal scholar in state history whose career in the law spanned almost 70 years.
Witkin’s work included a 16-volume Summary of California Law, 10 volumes on California Procedure, six volumes on California Criminal Law, and a three-volume work on California Evidence.