Defense attorney and local activist to team up for events highlighting resistance in Lawrence

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Attorney Ron Kuby will team up with longtime activist Tim Miller for two public events coming up Sunday in Lawrence.

Kuby completed his undergraduate degrees at the University of Kansas and went on to graduate from Cornell Law School in 1983. He then became a law partner with William Kunstler, an attorney “known for his championing of the poor and social outcasts.”

“Kuby has defended accused terrorists and Hell’s Angels, among many others, and has worked to prove the innocence of several who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for major felonies,” Miller, a retired professor of religious studies at KU, said via email.

Just a couple of Kuby’s notable cases of include those of Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Exonerated Five, and Shabaka Shakur, who served 27 years in prison after he was wrongly convicted in a double homicide before he was exonerated in 2015. Kuby has also defended activists and movements, including Occupy Wall Street.

Kuby and Miller will present a program “focusing on events in which they were, together and separately, arrested for engaging in protest activities at KU commencement ceremonies in 1979 and 1980,” according to Miller’s email.

That program, “The KU 12,” is set for 9:15 a.m. Sunday, May 14 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence, 1263 North 1100 Road. It will also be available via Zoom at this link.

Kuby will also give a public talk about free speech and activism in the past and present. That talk is set for 7 p.m. Sunday at Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.

The public is welcome to attend both events.

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