Young Thurgood

The Making of a Supreme Court Justice

Non-Fiction - Biography
413 Pages
Reviewed on 07/11/2013
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Author Biography

Larry S. Gibson is a law professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he teaches Evidence, Race and the Law, and Election Law.

Professor Gibson has researched and designed many exhibits, articles, newspaper series, and other presentations on the history of civil rights and African American lawyers. he was the principal advocate for the law passed by the Maryland General Assembly that renamed the BWI Thurgood Marshal Airport.

During the administration of President Jimmy Carter, Larry Gibson served in the U.S. Justice Department as Associate Deputy Attorney General and as Director of the National Economic Crimes Project.

Gibson is on the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Historical Trust and is Vice Chairman of the Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation. He is Chairman of the Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of the History and Legacy of Slavery in Maryland..

Since 1968, Larry Gibson has also practiced law in Maryland with the law firm Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler.

His book, Young Thurgood:The Making of a Supreme Court Justice (Prometheus Books 2012), describes the environment, people and events that shaped Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's attitudes, work habits, and priorities in his formative years.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice, Larry S. Gibson has written a riveting portrayal of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1967 until 1991. As a young attorney, Gibson's first meeting with Marshall was on July 1st, 1975 – seeking an emergency order for a case that he and his fellow attorney, Charles Curtis Lee, were working on at that time. This is the only biography of Thurgood Marshall endorsed by his immediate family, Thurgood Marshall Jr.

Young Thurgood: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice is a biography that contains many facts and fascinating insight about the famous lawyer and Associate Justice; it is thoroughly researched and engagingly written in a compelling prose supported by photographs that add more to its depth. Chapter one depicted the harsh life in Marshall’s birthplace – Baltimore, Maryland – a segregated city near the communities that often take the law into their own hands through violent lynching at that time.

This biography is written with all the events that built the basis for Thurgood Marshall’s early life and career; through his collection of childhood stories, family members, favorite mentors, and clients. It also fully describes the obstacles that he had to face and the opportunities that he gained in his community and throughout the nation. Unique, moving, and informative – it is for any readers that are interested in getting to know more about the man who shaped America’s civil rights and law.