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HCBA Re-releases "Before the Law Was Equal" Documentary Film on YouTube

Friday, November 2, 2018  
Posted by: John Kynes
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The HCBA has re-released the 2013 documentary film "Before the Law Was Equal" chronicling the desegregation of Hillsborough County's legal community on its YouTube channel.

Click here to view the film on YouTube.

The goal of the documentary film -- which was produced by the HCBA's Young Lawyers Division and Diversity Committee -- was to capture an oral history from those who experienced discrrmination in the 1950s and 1960s and to memorialize their stories for future generations.

"The HCBA is proud to re-release the documentary film "Before the Law Was Equal" providing a historical narrative of the desegregation of Hillsborough County's legal community," said 2018-19 HCBA President John Schifino.  "We hope that by re-releasing this important historical film on the popular video-sharing platform YouTube many more people will have the opportunity to view it and learn more about the struggle for equal opportunity and civil rights in Hillsborough County's legal community."  

The hour-long film includes interviews with: Judge Don Castor, William Reece Smith Jr., Judge E.J. Salcines, Judge John F. Germany, Judge Mary S. Scriven, and lawyers Lanse Scriven, Gwynne Young, Delano Stewart, Fraser Himes, Marsha Rydberg, and Warren Dawson.

The film's production team included HCBA members Rachael Greenstein, Victoria Ferrentino, Bob Nader, Dara Cooley, Luis Viera, Tammy Briant, and filmmaker Stan Arthur.  The project took about a year to complete.

The Florida Bar also supported the project with a diversity grant. 

The film can be accessed on the HCBA's YouTube channel on the HCBA's website at