“Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice”

Cruz Reynoso

2/24/2011

Documentary filmmaker Abby Ginzberg and former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, the subject of Ginzberg’s newest film, will visit the Law School for a screening and discussion of “Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice” at noon on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

“Sowing the Seeds of Justice” paints a portrait of a man who was touched by injustice as a child but then went on to fight discrimination and inequality as a lawyer, judge, and teacher.

The film depicts Reynoso as a pioneer in the legal field: the first Latino Director of California Rural Legal Assistance, one of the nation’s first Latino law professors and the first Latino justice appointed to the California Supreme Court. But his tenure on the court was cut short when he and two other justices lost their seats in a heated recall campaign revolving around the death penalty. As Vice Chair on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Reynoso provided leadership in the only investigation of voting rights abuses in the 2000 election in Florida. Reynoso received the country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his lifelong devotion to public service. He teaches law at the University of California Davis Law School and continues to actively participate in community organizations throughout the state of California.

“Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice” has been screened at film festivals and by a variety of institutions in the United States, Cuba, and Uruguay.

Ginzberg is an award-winning documentary film producer and director. Her work, which focuses on character-driven stories, racial and gender discrimination, and social justice issues, has been shown in film/video festivals and broadcast on public television networks nationally and internationally.

The screening will take place at noon on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Suffolk University Law School, first floor, 120 Tremont St., Boston. Lunch will be served,

Space is limited. RSVP to Lou Brum, 617-573-8157.

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