David Gespass and Kathleen Johnson have practiced law for more than 60 years between them. From their law school days, they have been active members of the National Lawyers Guild and have built their practice on the Guild’s credo that human rights are more sacred than property interests. To advance that credo, Kathy returned to law school and earned a masters degree in international law, with a focus on human rights. David was a founding member of the National Police Accountability Project of the National Lawyers Guild and has been a member of its advisory board since its inception.
David and Kathy have maintained a general practice over the years but have concentrated on police misconduct and civil rights, Social Security disability, personal injury, GI and Veterans’rights, criminal defense, and assisting small businesses and non-profits. In addition, they handle domestic relations cases, wills and estates.
David and Kathy are committed to giving each client individual attention. They are also available to meet on evenings and weekends.
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*We are proud to have learned that David has been voted one of Birmingham’s top attorneys for civil rights in the annual poll of local lawyers conducted by Birmingham Magazine and al.com.
*In January 2013, Kathy Johnson was an international observer with Democracy International for the
Constitutional referendum in Egypt.
*David received the Birmingham Branch NAACP "Golden Jurist" Award
for his dedication to civil rights.
*The Private Manning Conviction
David Gespass responds to the conviction of Private Manning on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild. To read the article, click on "articles/speeches" above. (The article was written before Chelsea Manning announced her name change, so it refers to her as "Bradley." Henceforth, we will of course identify her as she chooses to be identified.)
David Gespass presented at a briefing hosted by the Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law on the Human rights implications of last term's Supreme Court decisions. David discussed the Voting Rights Act decision. The other cases discussed were the court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act and its non-decision on affirmative action in education. To listen to the entire program, replete with technical glitches, go to:
To read the text of David's presentation, click on "articles/speeches" above.
Firm Files Brief Before
the Supreme Court in
Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder
The case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder is being heard by the Supreme Court this term. Shelby County is seeking to have portions of the Voting Rights Act, which has been a critical protection of the franchise for African-Americans and other minorities, held unconstitutional. David wrote an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief for the National Lawyers Guild defending the act.
To read the brief, go to the page above and click on "Brief."