ARCHIVED: AALL Announcement: First Amendment Rights On the Forefront

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May 3, 1999


The rights granted to all individuals by the U.S. Constitution are continually under attack. Every individual, and certainly every lawyer, has a responsibility to help uphold those principles envisioned by the Founding Fathers. David Baugh, an attorney in Richmond, Virginia, recently accepted a case that demonstrates how strongly he believes in those principles. Mr. Baugh, who is African-American is representing an Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Mr. Baugh will address the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries in Washington, D.C., July 17-22, 1999. He will speak on Tuesday, July 20, 1999 at 10:15 a.m.

A member of the Board of the Richmond Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Mr. Baugh will argue that a Virginia statute banning cross burnings targets a single group - the Klan - and attempts to stifle the Klan's racist views. As Mr. Baugh stated in a recent article, "If this man was drowning in Klan regalia, I would reach over and save him. I know I would, because I know by protecting his rights, I protect my rights. In your life you only get X number of times to do what's right, even if it makes you uncomfortable."

The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with over 4,800 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies. For more information, visit AALLNET, the official AALL Web site, at www.aallnet.org.