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Before his central role in landmark case Brown vs. Board of Education, or his years as the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall was fresh out of law school in Baltimore, working with the NAACP. Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up) in the title role, follows the young attorney to conservative Connecticut, where he must defend a black chauffeur (Sterling K. Brown, FX’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson) against his wealthy socialite employer (Kate Hudson, Almost Famous) in a criminal trial that quickly becomes tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory, but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad, Beauty and the Beast), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case. Marshall and Friedman struggle against a hostile storm of fear and prejudice, driven to discover the truth in the sensationalized trial, which helped set the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement to come.

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Q&A film subject’s son John W. Marshall, film subject’s daughter Lauren Friedman & writer Michael Koskoff with JBFC Chairman Emeritus Hugh Price
Q&A film subject’s son John W. Marshall, film subject’s daughter Lauren Friedman & writer Michael Koskoff with JBFC Chairman Emeritus Hugh Price
Monday, Oct. 9 2017, 7:15
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John W. Marshall, son of Thurgood Marshall, serves as the Director of the Office of Safety Programs with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2002, he was appointed Secretary of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Virginia by Governor Mark Warner, and in 2006, was reappointed by Governor Tim Kaine. In 1994 and 1999, President Clinton appointed Marshall to be the U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Director of the U.S. Marshals Service, respectively. As a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, Marshall was responsible for 21,000 employees in 15 state agencies, with a combined total biennial budget of $4 billion.

Lauren Friedman was born in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is a co-producer and actor in Marshall, the daughter of Sam Friedman and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.  Known for her film work in Hester Street, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal, Raid on Entebbe and The Doctor, as well as being a member of the Alley Theatre Company and Off Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company. She currently is a practicing psychotherapist in NYC.

Michael Koskoff has earned a national reputation for numerous successful trials and settlements, ranging from medical malpractice to civil rights cases. Featured on the covers of Connecticut's first “Super Lawyers” issue and Connecticut Magazine's "Top Lawyers" issue, Michael has served as a frequent guest on Court TV and has lectured extensively throughout the nation. Michael has served as President of the Connecticut chapter of The American Board of Trial Advocates, and is Connecticut's only member of The Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization limited to the top 100 trial lawyers in the nation. In 2008, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work by the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

Hugh Price is an activist, philanthropist, and former President of the National Urban League. He has worked for the New York Times on their Editorial Board and as Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation. As President of the National Urban League, Price established the Institute for Opportunity and Equality, focusing on research, advocacy, and policy-making. Price has published several books, including Destination: The American Dream. A JBFC Chairman Emeritus, Hugh Price served on our Board of Directors for 12 years.

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