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 (University of Mississippi Libraries)
- Highlander Folk School: A Photographic History (Highlander Research and Education Center)
- Photograph of William Kunstler and Buddy Zieger standing in conversation with another person (Black-and-white photographs)
- Photograph of William Kunstler and Cas Walker walking away with others from a meeting (Black-and-white photographs)
- Photograph of William Kunstler sitting in chair, 1969 or 1970 (Black-and-white photographs)
- Photograph of William Kunstler speaking at the Knoxville College Student Trial with Ralph Beane, Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1970 or 1971 (Black-and-white photographs)
- WALB Newsfilm (Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection)
- WSB-TV Newsfilm Collection (Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection)