Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 50
INTERVIEWER:

IS THERE ANYTHIGN LOST THESE DAYS?

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

No, I don't think so. I think that sometimes it's necessary for us to have such a demonstration, because as I've said people forget how the constitution came about, what it stands for, they know little about courts unfortunately, and particularly about the federal courts and the role of the federal courts in our society. And of course since '54, Americans have become fully aware that there is such a thing as a federal court. Before that, the federal courts were in the background and everyone knew we had a Supreme Court somewhere in Washington, but they could not tell you really the average citizen, what the role of the supreme court in our society is or was. But they certainly can now. I think they know that the federal courts are very important. In fact I think most Americans are convinced that if you want to get anything done, you go to a federal court. And that's unfortunate for us federal judges because it brings us much litigation. But I think the civil rights cases demonstrated for the American people that there is a branch of government that will respond a, to the deprivation of basic human rights.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

STOP, PLEASE. SLATE.