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Finding Aid to the Norman Leonard Papers
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The files of Norman Leonard consist of legal cases brought to court by the law firm on behalf of its clients. For many years he represented the International Longshoreman's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) and other Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) unions. Over the course of his career he defended Harry Bridges, Communist Party members prosecuted under the Smith Act, conscientious objectors targeted by the Selective Service, and individuals involved in the Free Speech Movement.
Norman Leonard was a labor lawyer who primarily worked on union cases, naturalization and deportation trials, and civil rights trials in the 1930s through 1980s.Norman Leonard was associated with Leonard and Carder Law Firm from 1938 until his retirement. At the outset, Richard Gladstein was the senior partner and continued in that position until 1978. After 1978, Leonard became the senior partner. In this and other series of the Norman Leonard Collection, the law firm is referred to by many different names. A chronology of the names by which the law firm was known is listed below and runs to 1985 when the collection was deposited at the Labor Archives. This information was taken from telephone directories; the dates may not be exact, but offer an approximate year when changes in the partnership occurred.
219.8 cubic ft. (525 boxes)
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Collection is open for research.