Lawyers Committee attorneys recall movement

July 12, 1998
In 1967, Clarence Dunnaville Jr. left a high-profile New York law job and headed south, planning to help translate new civil rights laws into progress for black people. Soon, when he asked a Mississippi constable for help, he learned the hazards of the legal profession.
     The policeman ``put a shotgun in my face and ran me out of town,'' said Dunnaville, now a private attorney in Richmond, Va. ``It was very tense at the time.''
     Dunnaville and dozens of other attorneys answered President Kennedy's call in the turbulent 1960s and gave up lucrative careers and the comforts of home -- mostly in the North -- to join the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.