Letter from John Brittain

I offer a tribute to Gary Bellow.  I was a young lawyer in 1969-70 who trained under Gary while a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow assigned to an OEO Legal Services Program in North Mississippi. 

Gary, then a USC clinical law professor, was a poverty lawyer trainer, par excellance.  Later I joined with him on the national legal services lawyer training circuit in teaching new lawyers the skills of practice.  Meanwhile, he advanced (along with my California friend and his protégé, Bea Moulton) to Harvard in that school's pioneer venture into clinical education. 

My conversion from law practice to legal education is partially due to Gary's encouragement.  I joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Law.  He inspired many law students and lawyers to pursue public interest law on behalf of those clients that could not afford adequate legal representation.  In addition, Gary taught us the art of able, competent and effective (ACE) legal representation.  May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Dean John C. Brittain
Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Texas Southern University


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