The 2000 recipient of the C.B. King award is Steve Gotzler.


C.B. King was one of the country's most prominent and courageous civil 
rights lawyers. He practiced law in Albany, Georgia for over thirty years 
where he played a major role in the civil rights movement. Mr. King was also 
a teacher. In the courtroom, in his office and on the streets he taught 
several generations of law students and young lawyers how to practice law 
with a commitment to the poor, the disenfranchised and the oppressed. If 
you haven't already seen it, you should take a look at the Center for 
Guerrilla Law's website at www.guerrillalaw.com -- it contains a profile of 
C.B. King.

Steve Gotzler graduated from Rutgers School of Law in Newark May 2000, where 
both the law school and students of the Minority Student Program bestowed 
him awards for his civil rights work. When Steve arrived at Rutgers, a 
school with a long tradition of aggressive Guild activity, the Guild chapter 
was almost non-existent. In fact, the Federalist Society was running 
rampant on campus. Steve and classmate Jeanine Jensen, along with the other 
newly elected officers, revived the Guild by regularly publishing a 20-page 
Guild newsletter, starting an email list to help mobilize school 
progressives, producing debates, and presenting speakers and political films 
on a wide variety of issues. They also restarted a local street law program 
in Newark high schools, and extended the program to several housing projects 
in Newark.

On campus, the Guild's political activity included taking a leading position 
in demonstrations against JAG recruiting at the law school and ensuring the 
continuation of Rutgers' thirty-plus-year-old Minority Student Program 
(MSP). When the MSP came under attack, Steve and the Guild dropped 
everything to work full time to ensure that the faculty senate did not 
succumb to pressure to discontinue the program. This initiative culminated 
in over 130 students "attending" the faculty meeting at which the vote was 
to take place. The Rutgers chapter is now over 65 members strong and a 
model example of Guild activism.

In addition to his Rutgers work, Steve is a committed member of local and 
national Guild committees. He continues to serve on the New York City 
student organizing Committee; the national student Loan Repayment Committee 
(LRAP) and will edit the 2002 edition of the Disorientation Manual. Steve 
recently began working as Program Director at the Public Interest Law Center 
and is focusing on revitalizing the Guild's New Jersey Chapter. You rarely 
met someone who pushes the Guild harder than Steve.

The National Lawyers Guild thanks Steve for his steadfast commitment to 
people's law and for the exceptional work he has done to motivate and 
mobilize other students, both at Rutgers University School of Law and around 
the country.