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Civil Rights in My Bones

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Civil Rights in My Bones

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Category: Biography
Format: Trade Paper, 320 pages
Pub Date: Spring 2016
Price: $32.95
ISBN: 978-1-60306-417-0
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Civil Rights in My Bones: More Colorful Stories from a Lawyer's Life and Work, 2005-2015 is a memoir by Julian L. McPhillips Jr. In a career stretching over forty-plus years, the Montgomery, Alabama, attorney has earned a reputation as a determined advocate for the rights of consumers, victims of police abuse, falsely accused criminal defendants, the unborn, immigrants, and the environment. A previous book, The Peopleís Lawyer, covered his life and career up to 2005. Civil Rights in My Bones provides additional background about his family roots in Alabama, his parentsí political activism, his education and athletic competition as a champion amateur wrestler, his religious convictions, and his wife, children, and grandchildren.

But it also details many of the major cases he has handled in the past decade. These include defenses of consumers victimized by unfair compulsory arbitration clauses, victims of employment discrimination, fellow lawyers and even judges who were unfairly targeted for sanctions for reasons of race or gender, and church congregations at war within themselves over various issues. One fascinating section of the book discusses his and his wife Leslieís leadership in establishing a new evangelical, healing-spirit Episcopal church and its struggles with the larger church hierarchy. While focused on the authorís life and work, the memoir is also a window into Alabama and Southern life, culture, and politics.

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