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Register of the Leo Gallagher Papers, 1922-1963
MSS 012  
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The Leo Gallagher Papers are divided into five series. They are: PERSONAL, J. B. MCNAMARA, CASES, INVESTIGATIONS, and POLITICAL INTERESTS. Folder 1 in the PERSONAL series contains biographical material on Gallagher, a resume prepared during his 1949 campaign for the Los Angeles Board of Education and newspaper clippings. The clipping pertain to his resignation from the Southwestern University Law School for his defending Tom Mooney supporters who protested his imprisonment by running onto the Los Angeles Coliseum track during the 1932 Olympics; to a 1933 Los Angeles City Council riot; and to his retirement in 1961. There are also obituaries after his death in September, 1963.
Leo Gallagher was a Los Angeles attorney who specialized in labor law, and was known throughout his nearly 40-year practice for the defense of the rights of labor unionists, minorities and the poor. He was active during his life with the vigilant defense of the people's rights to free speech and assembly, and was associated with the active defense of Communist Party members and sympathizers in the United States and abroad during the length of his law practice, beginning in the mid-1920s in California.
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