As part of Penn State Law’s celebration of Black History Month, Larry S. Gibson, professor of law at the University of Maryland, will present a talk Feb. 27 based on his book "Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice." Each audience member will receive a free copy of his book (while supplies last) which is the only biography of Justice Marshall to be endorsed by the Marshall family.
Professor Gibson said he is particularly excited about speaking at Penn State because, "Penn State hosted the first interracial debates in the nation and Thurgood Marshall participated." Gibson has been a law professor since 1972 teaching Evidence, Civil Procedure, Racial Discrimination and the Law, and Election Law. He has also taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Mississippi and the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). He is of counsel with Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler.
During the administration of President Jimmy Carter, Gibson was associate deputy attorney general of the United States. In that capacity, he served as vice chairman of the National Security Council Working Group on Terrorism, which coordinated the counter-terrorism efforts of numerous federal agencies, and director of the National Economic Crimes Project at the Department of Justice. He planned and coordinated various matters relating to the activities of the Justice Department, including investigations, corrections, law enforcement assistance and intergovernmental relations.
Gibson is a 1964 alumnus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he served as student body president and chairman of D.C. Students for Civil Rights. He went on to earn his law degree from Columbia University and became the first African-American law faculty member at the University of Virginia in 1972. He joined the University of Maryland as a professor of law in 1974.
Members of the University community and public are invited to attend the discussion, which will begin at 4 p.m. in the Greg Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, Pa., and be simulcast to the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom and Auditorium, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pa. A book signing and reception will immediately follow in University Park.
The event is sponsored by BLSA
and the Diversity Committee of the SBA.