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Dean Robb: Dean Robb Law Firm, Suttons Bay
The Brief: Wayne State University, LL.B., 1949
Practice Areas: Civil Rights, Personal Injury, Discrimination, Employment Law.
Being a counselor to help people decide whether they have a winnable legal matter. If I can’t handle it, I steer them to someone who can. I’ve also been enjoying helping young people in minor criminal matters. Young people are our future. Sometimes if their problems are taken care of when they are young, the problems won’t follow them the rest of their lives.
That was a very exciting period. I was an organizer to get lawyers to go south and take civil rights cases.
The trial exposed the dirty role of the FBI informant, Gary Thomas Rowe, and the FBI cover up. The trial, which was covered extensively by CNN and ABC’s 20/20 cast Luizzo, rightfully, as a hero in the Civil Rights movement.
Yes, it was the first time the battered wife syndrome had ever been used as a syndrome. Smith was acquitted of a charge of open murder.