Ann Fagan Ginger

Relentless advocate for Communist lawyers hunted during the McCarthy Era, founder of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, scholar, professor, activist, pioneer, editor of numerous civil liberties publications, and Guild historian, Ann Fagan Ginger has been revered as tireless and inspirational - “one of liberty’s staunchest champions.” Others have known Ginger as wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend.


Patti Roberts

1946 - 2011
UC Berkeley Boalt Hall

Patti Roberts was born November 13, 1946 in Queens New York to a working class Jewish family. She studied at the Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where she received her Bachelors degree in Political Science. Upon completion of her degree she attended UC Berkeley (Boalt) School of Law, where she explored her activist side and became a strong proponent for social justice.


Peter Franck

Columbia Law School 1961
Area of Practice: Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Media Rights
Location: Oakland, San Rafael

Franck’s parents were German Jews who were able to leave Germany early during Hitler’s reign. He always felt that their history impacted him and contributed to his activism on the left. In the 1960s, Franck primarily represented anti-war activists, war resisters and conscientious objectors.


Thomas Steel

1950 - 1998
Hastings College of the Law 1975
Practice: Civil Rights

Thomas Steel grew up in a family closely associated with law. He was widely recognized and admired for his powerful involvement in gay activism. Steel was a strong advocate for anti-sexism, gay freedom and other progressive social causes. He founded the Gay Caucus - the first Gay and Lesbian Committee of the Lawyers Guild, as well as Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) - the nation’s first gay and lesbian bar association.