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The Loving Story

February 26, 2014

Created Equal
The Loving Story

The Loving Story explores the story behind the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia and the marriage of Mildred and Richard Loving. The film features little known film interviews and photographs shot for Life. Before the screening will be a panel discussion.

The discussion, featured Bob Bauer and Phil Hirschkop, who focused the conversation on this and other landmark Supreme Court cases that have affected the way the United States has evolved on issues relating to race, love and gender.

Bob Bauer

Robert Bauer

Phil Hirschkop

Phil Hirschkop

Robert Bauer

In Bob's 30 years of practice, he has provided counseling and representation on matters involving regulation of political activity before the courts and administrative agencies of national party committees, candidates, political committees, individuals, federal officeholders, corporations and trade associations, and tax-exempt groups.

Bob served as White House Counsel to President Obama, and returned to private practice in June 2011. In 2013, the President named Bob to be Co-Chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration.

Bob is the author of several books: United States Federal Election Law (1982, 1984), Soft Money Hard Law: A Guide to the New Campaign Finance Law (2002) and More Soft Money Hard Law: The Second Edition of the Guide to the New Campaign Finance Law (2004) and numerous articles. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of Journal of Law and Politics. In 2000, he received the prestigious "Burton Award for Legal Achievement" for his legal writing.

Bob is also the author of the weblog,, on which he writes about campaign finance and other topics in political law. He also teaches law at the New York University School of Law, where he is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Senior Lecturer.

Bob was General Counsel to Obama for America, the President’s campaign organization, in 2008 and 2012, and he is General Counsel to the Democratic National Committee. Bob has also served as co-counsel to the New Hampshire State Senate in the trial of Chief Justice David A. Brock (2000); general counsel to the Bill Bradley for President Committee (1999-2000); and counsel to the Democratic Leader in the trial of President William Jefferson Clinton (1999).

He has co-authored numerous bipartisan reports, including "Report of Counsel to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee in the Matter of the United States Senate Seat From Louisiana" in the 105th Congress of the United States (March 27, 1997); "Campaign Finance Reform," A Report to the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the United States Senate (March 6, 1990); and "The Presidential Election Process in the Philippines", a bipartisan report prepared at the request of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (1986).

Phil Hirschkop

Philip J.Hirschkop is a constitutional rights attorney who has won numerous landmark cases in the areas of civil rights, women’s rights, teachers’ rights, prisoners’ rights and animal rights, including the case of Loving versus Virginia. He is a founder of the ACLU of Virginia, the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council and the ACLU National Prison Project, served on the ACLU National Board for 20 years, and has been chief counsel for PETA since it began. He is an ex-Green Beret paratrooper and the father of three.

As a young lawyer, just two years out of Georgetown University law school, he took on the landmark case Loving v. Virginia as a volunteer lawyer for the National Capitol Area office of the ACLU. Philip Hirschkop and Bernard Cohen represented the couple in losing appeals on charges in district and appellate courts, and after facing opposition at the state level, seized the opportunity to take the case to the Supreme Court. Despite never having argued in from of the Supreme Court, Hirschkop’s compelling arguments and tireless efforts led to a victory: 1967 the justices struck down Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the Lovings on June 12, 1967. This precedent-setting decision resulted in 16 states being ordered to overturn their bans on interracial marriage.

From 1967 to 1971, Cohen and Hirschkop operated their own firm - Cohen, Hirschkop, Hall & Jackson, which took on a number of civil rights cases. During this period, Hirschkop helped organize the first American Civil Liberties Union chapter in Virginia. Philip Hirschkop now runs his own law firm, Hirschkop & Associates, operating out of Alexandria, VA.


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