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WHAT IS WRITTEN ABOUT: James Shellow

 

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers writes
I write you because of a particular problem that has arisen. The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, which has never undertaken a defense such as this, is doing so because of the fact that only one lawyer in the entire state of South Dakota is willing to assist the defense of the Indians charged as a result of the occupation of Wounded Knee.

Letter, Robert C. Heeney, NACDL vice president, to Robert L. Clare, Jr., president, American College of Trial Lawyers, Sept. 21, 1973.

[W]e got a call from Joe Beeler, who was at Wounded Knee, who said “Help!” And for the first time the organization said, “What do you want?” And I think that was a very special meeting. … This was the first time I think that NACDL decided to do something that wasn’t intimately related to the private bar and to its own financial structure.

Origins of the Organized Criminal Defense Bar, THE CHAMPION, James M. Shellow, Past President (1975-76), Past President’s interview.,

A federal judge today has acquitted all the defendants charged with illegal occupation of the Wounded Knee trading post.

Chief Judge Warren Urbom, U.S. District Judge for the District of Nebraska, who has been handling all of the cases arising out of the occupation, rendered the verdict at 3:00 p.m. (C.S.T.), after three and one-half months of trial which included an extensive motion to suppress illegally obtained evidence against the defendants.

NACDL first vice president James Shellow of Milwaukee (Wis.) and director Albert Krieger of New York and Coral Gables (Fla.) represented two of the defendants involved in today’s decision. Shellow and Krieger volunteered to serve as defense counsel without compensation; they are two of several NACDL members who have represented other Wounded Knee defendants as part of NACDL’s stated goal of providing competent counsel free of charge to insure a fair and impartial trial for those accused of crime.

Ann Hardy, Press Release, May 28, 1974.

In recognition of his voluntary commitment of sacrificial time and signal talent to the representation of the indigent defendants of Wounded Knee, in the highest tradition of this Association’s belief that the Right to Excellence in Advocacy is not the exclusive franchise of Society’s most powerful, but also the gratuitous right of its most vulnerable.

Special Commendation of James M. Shellow  

 

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