Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This piece is a commencement speech delivered by Judge Reinhardt in May 1992 to the graduating class of Golden Gate University School of Law. The speech was delivered shortly after the riots which took place in Los Angeles, California, in response to the verdict in the Rodney King trial. Portions of this speech were previously published in HARPER'S MAGAZINE. Copyright 1992 BY HARPER'S MAGAZINE. All rights reserved. Reprinted from the August issue by special permission.
Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt,
Riots, Racism, and the Courts, 23 Golden Gate U. L. Rev.