Kunstler, William Moses, 1919-
William Moses Kunstler (July 7, 1919 - September 4, 1995) was a U.S. lawyer and civil rights activist. The son of a physician, Kunstler was born in New York City, and educated at Yale and Columbia Universities. Kunstler served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific theater, attaining the rank of Major. He was admitted to the bar in New York in 1948 and began practicing law. He was an associate professor of law at New York Law School (1950-1951) and at Pace University (1951-1963) and lectured at the New School for Social Research (1966-1971).
He was a director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from 1964 to 1972, when he became a member of the ACLU National Council. In 1969 he cofounded the Center for Constitutional Rights. Kunstler also worked with the National Lawyers Guild.
Kunstler died in New York of a heart attack at the age of 76.
Archival Collections and Reference Resources
- Freedom Riders' 40th Anniversary Oral History Project, 2001 (John Davis Williams Library (University of Mississippi))
- Rev. Joseph A. DeLaine Papers ca. 1918-2000 (University of South Carolina)
- Stetson Kennedy Papers (Georgia State University Special Collections)
- WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection (Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection)