Vanderbilt Law Review

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This article is based on a speech delivered by Judge Frank M.Johnson, Jr. to the faculty and students of the Vanderbilt Law School. Judge Johnson's thesis is that "civil disobedience" presents a special challenge to judges and lawyers. He feels that there are alternatives to "civil disobedience" for challenging and protesting the law and that lawyers have a duty to inform the public of these alternate methods. Only in extreme cases does Judge Johnson believe that "civil disobedience" is justified. He illustrates his thesis with a discussion of the events surrounding the Democratic Convention at Chicago.