Honoring the Life & Legacy of Thurgood Marshall

Juan Williams speaks in the Ceremonial Courtroom.

Leading the conversation

Juan Williams, co-host of Fox News Channel’s "The Five" and a political analyst on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and Special report with Bret Baier, spoke at the Koskoff Symposium at the Quinnipiac School of Law’s Ceremonial Courtroom, celebrating the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.


ong before he served as co-host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five,” Juan Williams soaked up stories from Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights champion and the first African-American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

After dozens of meetings with Marshall in preparation for writing his 1998 biography, Williams discovered a man who was kind, thoughtful and fiercely committed to equal opportunities for all.

“He was not intent on creating some Norman Rockwell picture of America with black children next to white children, next to Asian and Hispanic children,” Williams said recently in the Courtroom at Quinnipiac University School of Law. “His intent all along was to put pressure on all-white school boards.”

Williams’ insightful commentary was part of The Koskoff Symposium: The Life and Legacy of Thurgood Marshall. Michael Koskoff, a prominent Connecticut lawyer who is one of the screenwriters for the newly released film, “Marshall,” delivered the opening remarks along with Quinnipiac Law’s Dean Jennifer Brown.

Law professor Marilyn Ford and professor emeritus Martin Margulies moderated two panel discussions: Marshall’s Lawyering Years and Marshall on the Court.

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Bridgeport attorney Michael Koskoff speaksa during the Koskoff Symposium.

Sharing real-world experiences

Bridgeport attorney Michael Koskoff delivers opening remarks during the Koskoff Symposium at Quinnipiac School of Law, celebrating the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on November 17 in the Ceremonial Courtroom in the School of Law Center on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus.

Williams was among a dozen speakers at the event. He was joined by Harvard Law School Professor David Wilkins, Vanderbilt Law Professor Daniel Sharfstein and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, among others.

In his closing remarks, Blumenthal thanked Quinnipiac Law and credited the Koskoff family for continuing the Marshall tradition of standing up and speaking out on behalf of people who need a voice for justice.