Episode 76: Dan Canon, Civil Rights Lawyer, Professor, and Writer

Civil rights lawyer, teacher, writer, and activist Dan Canon is best known as lead counsel for the Kentucky plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which brought marriage equality to all 50 U.S. states. He has also sued President Trump, run for Congress, and taught the next generation of lawyers at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at Louisville.
In this episode, Dan and Jack Newton discuss:
  • Dan’s unique career path from high school dropout to law professor
  • Dan’s involvement with the historic Obergefell v. Hodges case
  • Criminal justice reform, and what it will take to achieve actual justice
  • What Dan learned from his run for Congress
  • How the COVID-19 crisis could drive more law students to small law firm work
  • The problems inherent in plea bargaining