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Leo Gallagher, circa 1941/1950, San Francisco

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Title:Leo Gallagher, circa 1941/1950, San Francisco
Date:1941-1950
Description:

Photograph of Leo Gallagher, a Los Angeles attorney who specialized in labor law, and was known throughout his nearly 40-year practice for the defense of the rights of labor unionists, minorities and the poor. He defended people's rights to free speech and assembly, and was associated with the active defense of Communist Party members and sympathizers in the U.S. and abroad during the length of his law practice, beginning in the mid-1920s in California. In 1925 he began his association with the International Labor Defense (ILD), the U.S. branch of the International Red Aid which was dedicated to the active defense of political and labor activists. He was a charter member of the National Lawyers Guild and a sponsor of the Civil Rights Congress after the ILD merged with the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties to form this organization. In 1932 Gallagher was forced to resign his faculty position at Southwestern University Law School for his defense of the "Mooney Runners", students who staged a protest at an event during the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1933 he successfully defended Tom Mooney, a San Francisco labor unionist, and in August 1933 he was part of the ILD delegation sent to Nazi Germany to assist in the legal defense of communist George Dimitroff, charged with the arson fire that destroyed the Reichstag building. Gallagher was also active in the Democratic Party, running on their ticket many times in California state primaries. Though he was never elected to office, he used his campaigns as a platform to advocate progressive programs and ideas.

Local identification number: scl-m0198

Local identification number: scl-mss064-0198~1; scl-mss064-0198~2

Types:Photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Gallagher, Leo, 1897-1963 | Lawyers--California--Los Angeles | United States, California, San Francisco County, San Francisco
Collection:Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection
Institution:University of Southern California Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern California. Library | Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Original Material:

scl-m0000

Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, 1880-1986

University of Southern California. Libraries

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