As the attorney to the families of Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Jacob Blake, and many others who have died during interactions with police, Ben Crump has become a central figure in America’s reinvigorated struggle for civil rights and justice reform. Nicknamed “Black America’s Attorney General,” Ben works tirelessly to fight for those who are marginalized in society.
A 2020 Clio Cloud Conference Keynote Speaker, Ben joins Clio CEO Jack Newton for a powerful and moving discussion about race, justice, and the ability each of us has to make a difference in the world.
In today’s episode, Ben and Jack discuss:
- Some of the more notable cases of Ben’s career
- The major influences who inspired Ben: his mother, and Thurgood Marshall
- How and why Ben started representing victims of police violence
- Ben’s advice for anyone who wants to make an impact
- Ben’s take on the significance of this modern Civil Rights Movement
- Ben’s vision for what a more just system would look like in America
Benjamin Crump has established himself as one of the nation’s foremost lawyers and advocates for social justice, earning the nickname “Black America’s Attorney General”. His legal acumen has ensured that those marginalized in American society are protected by their nation’s contract with its constituency. He is the founder and principal owner of Ben Crump Law.
Ben’s tireless advocacy has led to legislation preventing excessive force and developing implicit bias training and policies. He has been nationally recognized as the 2014 NNPA Newsmaker of the Year, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, and Ebony Magazine Power 100 Most Influential African Americans.
He has represented families in several high-profile civil rights cases including Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Stephon Clark, as well as the residents of Flint, Michigan, who were affected by the poisoned water of the Flint River. Ben represented 9 of the 13 black women who were victims in the Holtzclaw Oklahoma City Police rape case in 2015 and worked on the precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court case involving excessive police force against Robbie Tolan in 2008.
Ben is the President of the National Civil Rights Trial Lawyers Association and previously served as President of the National Bar Association.
You can follow Ben on Twitter at @AttorneyCrump