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Writer; and Lawyer, Despres Schwartz and Geoghegan, Illinois

Holtzbrinck Fellow - Class of Spring 2004


A lawyer since 1975, Thomas Geoghegan has represented unions and employee groups on labor, pension, civil rights and other cases. He has brought suits for steelworkers defrauded of pensions and Teamster member sand other union rank-and-file groups seeking union democracy. He also has brought public interest suits to enforce child labor laws and to require public-health measures to stop the spread of TB among the homeless. He is co-counsel in the first public nuisance suit filed against the handgun industry. Geoghegan is the author of three books: Which Side Are You on? Trying To Be For Labor When It’s Flat On It’s Back (1991), The Secret Lives of Citizens: Pursuing The Promise of American Life (1999), and In America’s Court: How A Civil Lawyer Who Likes To Settle Stumbled Into A Criminal Trial. He has been a commentator on National Public Radio, “Nightline,” “The Today Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning News,” CNN, C-NBC and Channel 11 WTTW. He is a frequent contributor to the New Republic, New York Times, American Prospect, Dissent and other publications.