Saturday, February 5, 2011


    For Immediate Release                                                           

    KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents

Lust for Justice, The Radical Life & Law of J. Tony Serra
Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert
Sunday, March 6, 7:30 pm
Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA
$12 advance tickets: :: 800-838-3006
or: Pegasus Books (3 locations), Mrs. Dalloway’s, Moe’s Books, Walden Pond, DIESEL A Bookstore, and Modern Times  ($15 door)


Tony Serra is a living embodiment of the anti-establishment hero. After graduating from UC Berkeley's Boalt School of Law in 1961, he began his career as a deputy district attorney for Alameda County. Rapidly disillusioned with the justice system, he became a private defense lawyer and has since become notorious for representing - and winning - cases on behalf of the downtrodden: drug dealers, Hell's Angels, Black Panthers, even the Symbionese Liberation Army. His defense of a Korean man wrongfully convicted in a Chinatown gang murder inspired the film 'True Believer.' Ever the bohemian, Serra owns no property and doesn't have a checking account. He takes most cases for free.

Serra has spent his life defending society's outcasts, including among many others: Huey Newton (Black Panthers),  the White Panthers, Russell Little & Kathleen Soliah ( SLA), the Hell's AngelsChol Soo Lee,
Hooty Croy,
Ellie Nesler,
Bear Lincoln, Judi Bari and Daryl Cherney.
Author/artist Paulette Frankl followed Serra in and out of the courtroom for more than a decade to capture in words and images this unique legal warrior.
"I am a creation of the Sixties. The greatest influence on me was the ideology of the Sixties: anti-materialism, brotherhood, nonracism, love. Those are things I still believe in."  — J. Tony Serra
contact: Ken Preston  510.967.4495

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