Copyright (c) 1997 Washington University
Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law
TRIBUTE TO JUDGE THEODORE MCMILLIAN
52 Wash. U. J. Urb. & Contemp. L. 5
KAREN L. TOKARZ *
Law and justice are so great, so grand, so deep and divine, that men cannot easily understand them or appreciate their dignity. 1
Theodore McMillian is one of the rare human beings who understands, who has always understood, the dignity of law and justice, and the difference between the two. He is a remarkable person who has made unique and significant contributions to both law and justice. We pay tribute to him in this special symposium issue because of his extraordinary integrity, his inexhaustible courage, his noble humility, his unbounded compassion, and his abundant inspiration.
I was twenty-one, fresh out of college, in the summer of 1970 when I first met Judge McMillian. I had little clarity about my life's work; I knew only that I wanted "to do some good." When a fellow graduate told me she was applying for a job as a deputy juvenile officer at the St. Louis City Juvenile Court, I tagged along. Even on our first day, I had only the barest understanding of what the job would entail. That day, I met Judge McMillian. He was not only the first judge, but the first lawyer, I ever met.
What an impact he made on my life. Over the next two and a half years, I watched him humbly confront his misconceptions, courageously challenge the status quo, and ultimately make unprecedented contributions to juvenile justice in Missouri when few people in the country recognized the unique and special needs of children and ...
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