Interview with William Coleman


William Coleman:

Well, people like Lou Pollock, uh, Thurgood Marshall, uh Paul Fronne, Joe Rauh, uh, Connie Motley, Bob Carter uh, Charlie Duncan and I could name a group of others. I think that it was a tremendous… Bob Mang, tremendous there were a group of us that would work. We then would uh have conferences where we'd invite other people in. Uh, I think Thurgood Marshall's great talent… and in fact I wish the President of the United States had it today… was the ability to bring in people who obviously by training and by academic achievement or by success in the court, were on paper brighter than Thurgood Marshall. But Thurgood Marshall had a great ability to listen, to draw out and a great ability to select the best of the proposals because sometimes some you know, way out proposals were made as to how you should argue and what you should do. I think in skillful litigation it's, it's often like uh, a great artist. If you look at a great Velasquez, it's sometimes what he doesn't say, or what he doesn't paint which conveys the real feeling. The same way in terms of a great advocate. It's sometimes what you don't say, or what you suggest rather than hit the court head on, with and Marshall had a superb talent to do that. Uh, I'm not saying that he… wasn't a bright lawyer, but I thought if I could, you know, give the one thing that I… was his hallmark, was his ability to bring in very able people, to listen, to probe, and then finally form the type of legal argument which made the most sense.