Chevalier’s is proud to present an evening devoted to the discussion of the life and legacy of the great civil rights attorney and journalist, Loren Miller. Attorney and professor Laurie Levenson will moderate a conversation between the author Dr. Amina Hassan and Miller’s granddaughter, Judge Robin Miller Sloan. Join the conversation and have your books signed by Dr. Hassan on Monday, April 11th at 7pm.
Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist
Loren Miller was one of the nation’s most prominent and influential civil rights attorneys from the 1940s through the early 1960s. He drafted most of the briefs in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Brown vs. Board of Education – which ended public school segregation in America. Alongside Thurgood Marshall, Miller argued the landmark civil rights case Shelley v. Kraemer before the U.S. Supreme Court – a decision that effectively abolished racially-restrictive housing covenants.
Dr. Amina Hassan is a scholar, researcher and award-winning public radio documentarian with productions ranging from an NPR radio series on how race, class and gender shape American sport, to the coup and on-the-spot recording of the U.S. invasion of Grenada, to a national radio series on the Bill of Rights. Her diverse background in public radio and media activism has allowed her to live and travel extensively in the Caribbean, the Near and Middle East, North Africa, Central America and Europe. She has been a Corporation for Public Broadcasting consultant and has administered radio projects for the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution and the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based research center.
Judge Robin Miller Sloan is is the granddaughter of civil rights attorney, journalist, and judge, Loren Miller, and the daughter of Judge Loren Miller Jr., who served the Los Angeles community on the Superior Court for more than three decades. Like her forebears, Judge Miller Sloan went into the family business.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Miller Sloan was a Deputy City Attorney for the L.A. City Attorney’s Office, prosecuting misdemeanor criminal trials, and a Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General’s Office representing various state agencies in administrative tribunals, in state and federal courts. She is currently assigned to a Juvenile Court presiding over cases involving delinquent youth.
A distinguished lawyer and law professor, Laurie Levenson was chief articles editor of the UCLA Law Review. After graduation from UCLA, she served as law clerk to the Honorable James Hunter III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 1981, she was appointed assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Section, in Los Angeles, where she was a trial and appellate lawyer for eight years and attained the position of senior trial attorney and assistant division chief. Levenson has been an adjunct faculty member at Southwestern University Law School, a visiting professor at UCLA School of Law, and a D&L Straus distinguished visiting professor at Pepperdine University Law School. She joined the Loyola faculty in 1989 and served as Loyola’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1996-99. Professor Levenson currently leads the following programs at Loyola Law School: Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic, The Fidler Institute annual symposium, and the Project for the Innocent.