2019 Clarence Darrow Symposium Marks 95 Years Since Darrow’s Historic Defense of Leopold and Loeb

CHICAGO – The annual Chicago tradition marking the anniversary of the death of famed Chicago attorney Clarence Darrow will mark the 95th anniversary of the Leopold-Loeb murder case, which raised profound and disturbing questions about social class, criminal psychology, morality, justice, and mercy that are still relevant and thought-provoking today. Darrow successfully defended Nathan Leopold and Richard…

Clarence Darrow Symposium to explore populism

Famed attorney Clarence Darrow, inspired by his defense of Patrick Prendergast in Chicago in the 1890s, became attracted to a burgeoning populist movement. The Debs Rebellion, named for labor organizer Eugene Debs, was in full force, and Darrow began to see how judges were under the control of corporations. “The experience left him angry and…

Cook County Jail Then and Now: The Impact of Poverty and Racism

Join us March 13th, 2016 at 10 a.m. for the annual wreath tossing and symposium to commemorate Clarence Darrow, as we explore the role of poverty and racism on incarceration, and hear a reading of Darrow’s words on the subject. This year, Hanke Gratteau, director of the Cook County Sheriff’s Justice Institute, describes today’s jail population and…

The Annual Bridge Ceremony

The core mission of the Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee is to honor and commemorate the life, the work, the achievements, the tradition, the values, and the philosophy of famed Chicago lawyer Clarence Seward Darrow (1857 ‑ 1938). Particular emphasis is placed upon Mr. Darrow’s devotion to the American ideal of the universal application of the…

The Darrow Symposium: Undocumented Laborers and Immigration

On the seventy-eighth anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow’s death, this year’s annual Darrow symposium on Friday, March 13 explored contemporary activism on the issues of undocumented laborers and immigration. Darrow’s attitude is summarized by a quote from a 1929 debate on “Is Immigration Beneficial?” in which he said, “I am a foreigner; my people didn’t get…

Symposium: Death of the American Trial

On the seventy-sixth anniversary of famed attorney Clarence Darrow’s death, the annual Darrow commemoration on March 13, 2014 focused on the “The Death of the American Trial” with professor Robert P. Burns, author of a 2009 book by the same title. Despite deep snow that kept participants from gathering right at the Darrow plaque in Jackson…