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Phillip Jay Hirschkop

Monday, October 16, 2017 at Cape Henry Collegiate School

Private Reception Begins at 6:30 p.m. Program Begins at 7:30

Phillip Jay Hirschkop a legal scholar and attorney who represented American icons Martin Luther King, Jr. and Norman Mailer first appeared before the United States Supreme Court to argue on behalf of Mildred and Richard Loving in the landmark 1967 case of Loving v. Virginia. His representation is depicted in the recent film “Loving” which tells the story of a mixed-race couple arrested after they defied Virginia’s miscegenation laws and were banished from the state by a judge who threatened them with prison if they returned.

Hirschkop was assigned the Loving case shortly after graduating Georgetown University Law Center by the American Civil Liberties Union. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the famed decision and Hirschkop will be sharing his wit and experience with the forum on October 16th.

Residing in Lorton, Virginia, Hirschkop has spent the last 50 years working as a crusader for social justice defending the rights of women, teachers, war demonstrators and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Norman Mailer wrote of Hirschkop, his “dark hair and powerful short body put double weight in back of every remark. . . . [What he did believe, what stood out about him, was his love of law as an intricate, deceptive, smashing, driving, tricky game somewhere between wrestling, football and philosophy – what also stood out was his love of winning, his tenacity, his detestation of defeat.”

Hirschkop graduated Columbia College with a Bachelors degree in 1960 and Columbia University with a Masters in Engineering in 1961. He also served in the military as a Green Beret.


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