TONY SERRA + PAULETTE FRANKL "Lust For Justice: The Radical Life & Law of J. Tony Serra"
Date of the Event: 
Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

 

TONY SERRA and PAULETTE FRANKL 
“Lust For Justice: The Radical Life & Law of J. Tony Serra"
Hosted by: Brian Edwards-Tiekert


 

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 PM

 Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley

$12 at the door or at Brown Paper Tickets

 

Tony Serra is a living embodiment of the anti-establishment hero. After graduating from UC Berkeley's Boalt School of Law in 1961, he began his career as a deputy district attorney for Alameda County. Rapidly disillusioned with the justice system, he became a private defense lawyer and has since become notorious for representing - and winning - cases on behalf of the downtrodden: drug dealers, Hell's Angels, Black Panthers, even the Symbionese Liberation Army. His defense of a Korean man wrongfully convicted in a Chinatown gang murder inspired the film 'True Believer.' Ever the bohemian, Serra owns no property and doesn't have a checking account. He takes most cases for free.

Serra has spent his life defending society's outcasts, including among many others: Huey Newton (Black Panthers), the White Panthers, Russell Little & Kathleen Soliah (SLA), the Hell's Angels,
 Chol Soo Lee,
 Hooty Croy,
 Ellie Nesler,
 Bear Lincoln, Judi Bari and Daryl Cherney.

Author/artist Paulette Frankl followed Serra in and out of the courtroom for more than a decade to capture in words and images this unique legal warrior.

"I am a creation of the Sixties. The greatest influence on me was the ideology of the Sixties: anti-materialism, brotherhood, nonracism, love. Those are things I still believe in." — J. Tony Serra

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