Sponsored by CLESeminars.com
Date: March 4, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. (Mountain Time)
Credit Approval: 3 CLE Credits including 3 Ethics Credits
When Justice William O. Douglas retired from the United States Supreme Court in 1975, he had served for thirty-six years, longer than any other justice its history, and had helped to decide some of the most important cases in the nation’s history. He was an inveterate traveler, prolific writer, and popular speaker, who used his position to espouse his ideas on environmentalism and the Bill of Rights. His public visibility and open criticism won him friends in some places and more than a few enemies in the Congress and the White House, some of whom actively, though unsuccessfully, sought his impeachment.
Impeach Justice Douglas! explores some of the most explosive issues of William O. Douglas’s long tenure on the Supreme Court. He wrestles with balancing “wilderness mind” with the often-hostile adversarial conflicts created by his controversial opinions and his active public life. He addresses the issues about which he was most passionate . . . civil rights, freedom of speech, environmentalism, and the right of the individual to non-conformity and dissent . . . as he reflects on Brown v. The Board of Education, the “McCarthy Era,” and the Vietnam War. Although Douglas’ life spanned the early and middle part of the 20th century, the issues of his day remain major social and legal concerns of current times.
William O. Douglas left a legacy that calls for vigilance to protect human rights and action to protect the earth’s environment. The movie explores that legacy, provokes thought about our responsibilities as citizens, not only of the United States, but of the global community.
Graham Thatcher, who portrays Justice William O. Douglas, was the Artistic Director and primary performer for Periaktos Productions. Since appearing in his first acting role at five years of age, Graham performed in or directed over 200 community, university and professional theatre productions. He was the co-author and solo performer in Clarence Darrow: Crimes, Causes and the Courtroom; and Maxims, Monarchy and Sir Thomas More the live CLE Theatre programs and CLE movies of the same titles presented by Periaktos Productions. He was the co-author and director of Thurgood Marshall’ s Coming!, also from Periaktos Productions. Graham authored works on commission and several other plays, including A Dickens Christmas and The Mask of the Jaguar, about the cultural clash between the Maya and Europeans during the Spanish Conquest.
Graham served as a workshop facilitator and consultant in communications and was the creator and facilitator of the Continuing Legal Education programs, “Word of Mouth: A Workshop in the Art and Ethics of Oral Communication for Lawyers” and “The Art of the Law: A Workshop in Professionalism for Lawyers,” for law schools and legal associations.
He held a B.A. from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Theatre from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. He was been listed in Who’s Who in American Education and Outstanding American Educators and was a recipient of the Governor’s Award from the Minnesota Council on Quality. Graham was named “National Presenter of the Year for 2006” by the New Mexico Bar Foundation and received the Rushmore Honors Award in the Arts from the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce in 2007. He passed away in May of 2018, leaving a decades long legacy in both the performing arts and Continuing Legal Education.
Charlie Abourezk is a Member Partner in the Abourezk Law Firm in Rapid City, South Dakota, primarily representing Indian tribes, tribal organizations and Native American clients. He is licensed to practice in South Dakota, U.S. District Court for South Dakota and North Dakota, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court and Oglala Sioux Tribal Court and currently serves as Justice of the Supreme Court of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Charlie is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Black Hills State University (Sociology and American Indian Studies), South Dakota State University (Ph.D. Program) and Oglala Lakota College (Graduate Program in Lakota Leadership) and also serves as a consultant to mental health, treatment and school facilities in group psychology, group dynamics and conflict resolution.
Charlie is also a filmmaker and was the writer, producer and director of It Can Happen To Anyone, a short minute documentary on AIDS on Indian Reservations and he is the co-writer, co-director and co-producer of A Tattoo on My Heart: The Warriors of Wounded Knee 1973, a feature length documentary broadcast numerous times on the PBS. His films in progress include Red State Blues, a feature length documentary narrated by Peter Coyote, on the careers of two liberal politicians (George McGovern and James Abourezk) in conservative South Dakota, Quiet Desperation: A Remembrance of Floyd Red Crow Westerman and The Intellect of J.L. Moreno (the founder of Psychodrama, Sociometry and the concept of group therapy).
Charlie is a Member of South Dakota Bar Association, Sicangu Oyate Bar Association American Bar Association, Association of American Justice (AAJ), South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association and he serves on the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights (Region 8, Denver, CO). He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Mass Communications and a J.D. from the University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD) and is a master’s Candidate in Counseling at South Dakota State University. He is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, for which he has also served as a Member of the Board and on the Faculty. He has completed many hours of training in Psychodrama and Sociometry at The National Psychodrama Training Center.
Alicia Garcia grew up in Los Angeles, California and holds a B.A. in Communications from California State University Northridge. She graduated from Stanford Law School in 1990 and went to work with CBS Television in Los Angeles. After living and working in Southern California for most of her life, she decided that she wanted to make a life and raise a family somewhere outside of urban L.A. She then spent several months living in London and, upon her returned to the United States, spent three months on a coast-to- coast road trip in search of the ideal place to live. She found the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and in the spring of 1994, Alicia packed up and moved. That summer she passed the South Dakota Bar examination and in 1995 began her legal practice with the Abourezk & Garcia Law Firm in Rapid City, SD.
Alicia soon joined the KOTA Territory Television news team and, in addition to practicing law, anchors the KOTA News at 10:00 p.m. She also produces KOTA’s Consumer Report, which airs three times a week. She loves discovering, uncovering and delivering the news to the Black Hills region and her legal experience provides a basis for reporting on issues that are especially useful to consumers.
Most of Alicia’s legal practice involves representing plaintiffs in cases of insurance bad faith and corporate fraud, as well personal injury as a result of negligence and/or medical malpractice. She and Mike Abourezk, her partner in practice, have presented many seminars on insurance bad faith to attorneys around the country. In 2009 the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association presented them with the “Toast of the Trial Lawyers Award” for their pro bono work to secure insurance payments denied to patients for high dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant treatment.
In 2006 Alicia Garcia’s story of success as both a trial lawyer and television anchorwoman were the subject of a feature article, “Two Careers, Four Kids and a New Life in the Black Hills” in Lawyers Weekly. Alicia loves to travel, particularly to Costa Rica, where her family originated, and enjoys appearing in productions of the Black Hills Community Theatre. She is the proud mother of two sons and two daughters.
Brian T. Guthrie is Of Counsel with Mattioni, LTD in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With over forty years of experience at the Pennsylvania bar, Mr. Guthrie’s practice includes assisting lawyers and law firms achieve success in a setting mindful of the tradition of the law as a learned profession. He believes lawyers can attain professional fulfillment by synthesizing several dimensions in which they work every day.
“Competence” and “integrity” are easily mouthed as platitudes, but a refined understanding of what they are and how they are achieved makes for a law practice that is personally satisfying. It also provides a competitive advantage when vying for a limited number of clients with what often seems to be a limitless supply of lawyers. He believes that the skill development that comes with a true understanding of what it is that lawyers actually do, together with a firm grasp of the relevant ethical considerations is not only personally rewarding, but also makes good business sense.
Mr. Guthrie has worked in numerous areas of the law and achieved the coveted highest peer rating awarded by a major law publisher. His professional experiences include partnership in a major law firm, acting as senior in-house counsel to a Fortune 500 Company, representing a major city and working in a small law firm. His litigation experience includes representation in both state and federal courts throughout the United States and includes jury trials, arbitrations and appellate matters.
He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the First and Third Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Tennessee. Mr. Guthrie has also represented clients in state courts in Illinois, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota and Tennessee. Mr. Guthrie holds a B.B.A. from Temple University and a J.D. from the James Beasley School of Law – also at Temple University in Philadelphia. Mr. Guthrie is listed in Philadelphia’s Top Lawyers: The Definitive Guide to Legal Representation in Philadelphia.
John M. Stuart was the Minnesota State Public Defender from 1990 to 2014, supervising a state public defense system in which 700 lawyers and support staff represent 175,000 clients a year. Prior to that he was a trial court public defender for 12 years. Stuart has served as Co-Chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders and taught at the National Defender Leadership Institute. In Minnesota, he has worked on numerous statewide task forces dealing with racial fairness, drug and sex offender sentencing, child welfare and juvenile justice. He holds a B. A. from Haverford College (Haverford, PA) and a J.D from the State University of New York Law School at Buffalo, where he was a volunteer law clerk for the Attica Brothers Legal Defense. Stuart retired in 2014 and is still active in the justice system, continuing to work on creating more drug courts and treatment programs for nonviolent offenders as an alternative to jail time.
Barry R. Vickrey served as Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law (Vermillion, SD) from 1993 to 2011 and then served as a full-time professor until his retirement in 2016. He taught legal ethics throughout his career in legal education. Prior to his tenure at USD, he was on the faculty of the University of North Dakota School of Law for eleven years, including five years as Associate Dean. He was on the staff of the American Bar Association for five years, serving as assistant to the president elect president and as Director of the Division of Professional Education. Between college and law school, he was a staff aide on the Policy Planning Staff of the Governor of Tennessee. Barry lived in Tennessee for most of his early life and is admitted to the practice of law in Tennessee and South Dakota. He holds a B.A. in history and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His wife, Mary Green Vickrey, is a singer-songwriter and music educator who holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt and an M.A. from USD. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.