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educator , Lawyer , lecturer , author

William Moses Kunstler, American lawyer, educator, lecturer, author. Bar: New York bar 1948, District of Columbia Bar 1958. Decorated Bronze Star medal; recipient Press award New York State Bar Association, 1957, Civil Rights award, 1963, 1st award Ohio Radio-Television Institute, 1960, Thurgood Marshall Practioner award New York Association Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1994.


Kunstler, William Moses was born on July 7, 1919 in New York City. Son of Monroe Bradford and Frances (Mandelbaum) Kunstler.


Bachelor, Yale University, 1941; Bachelor of Laws, Columbia University, 1948.


Executive trainee, R.H. Macy & Company. New York City, 1948-1949; lecturer English, Columbia University, 1946-1950; partner, Kunstler, Kunstler, Hyman and Goldberg (and predecessor firm), New York City, 1949-1972; partner, Kunstler & Kuby, New York City, 1992-1995; associate professor of law, New York Law School, 1950-1992; associate professor of law, Pace U., 1951-1961; lecturer, New School, 1966-1968, 80-81; senior fellow, Notre Dame U., 1971.


  • Bar: New York bar 1948, District of Columbia Bar 1958.



Vice president, board directors Center for Constitutional Rights. Served to major Army of the United States, 1941-1946, PTO. Member Association Bar City New York, American Civil Liberties Union (director 1964-1970, national council 1968-1995, board directors national emergency civil liberties committee 1968-1995), Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Lotte Rosenberger, January 14, 1943 (divorced October 1975). Children: Karin F. Goldman, Jane B. Drazek. Married Margaret L.cohen, October 6, 1975.

Children: Sarah Cohen-Kunstler, Emily Cohen-Kunstler.

Monroe Bradford Kunstler

Frances (Mandelbaum) Kunstler

Margaret L.cohen

Lotte Rosenberger

Jane B. Drazek Kunstler

Emily Cohen-Kunstler

Sarah Cohen-Kunstler

Karin F. Goldman Kunstler