Charles Bonner Constitutional Law

Charles A. Bonner was born in Selma, Alabama. In 1963, at age 16, he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), training, sitting in and peacefully marching for equal rights, and community organizing for the right to vote. He became a field director for SNCC’S Voter Registration Project in Wilcox County in 1965, conducting voter education and voter registration drives. He was one of hundreds who were beaten on Sunday, March 7, 1965 by Alabama State troopers, rushing the marchers on horseback, and on foot, wielding whips, nightsticks and tear gas on the Edmund Pettis Bridge during the “Bloody Sunday” Selma to Montgomery March for the right to vote. Now a trial lawyer and author, Mr. Bonner is still fighting against discrimination, environmental injustice, violence and slavery in the world. Forever changed by his early “direct-action” in the civil rights movement, Mr. Bonner has remained committed to environmental, civil, and human rights locally and globally, including working for the rights of farmworkers. Fleeing from Selma at age 19, he arrived in San Francisco with a couple of dollars in his pocket and the ambition to make a difference. In 1972 he earned a degree in Anthropology at Sonoma State University, finishing his last 12 units studying Kiswahili in a Tanzanian village and obtaining a Certificate of Fluency from the Government of Tanzania. Mr. Bonner returned to the U.S. to further his education, first enrolling in Stanford in the Education Department, leaving to pursue his law degree from the New College School of Law in San Francisco, CA. Charles Bonner has been practicing law as a Civil Rights and Environmental Attorney for more than 36 years and has been the lead attorney in over 100 jury trials, involving civil rights cases, police misconduct cases, employment discrimination and personal injury cases.

Jenol Mclinn
Charles is an unbelievable attorney.He listens carefully,is very organized,and when he steps into the courtroom...this is his realm.He is at ease,and the confidence that he exudes, is rooted in the level of preparation that he undertakes.He is like a legal magician.He pulled the rabbit out of the hat for me,by knowing the law,and being able to delineate it in a comprehensive and compelling manner.He helped me through the process,and I came away with a renewed sense of justice.Basically,he singlehandedly resurrected my life.I will be forever indebted to him.He knows that,in the courtroom, success is not attained by spontaneous combustion,you must set yourself on fire.He went up against two attorneys and prevailed...because he knew exactly what he was doing.Amazing.
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