JACK DRAKE STAYS ACTIVE

        Retired partrner Jack Drake continues to be involved in writing projects or to be a focus of published work.  "Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers” (2017 University of Florida Press) is a book of essays written by 26 lawyers who handled civil rights cases in the American South between 1965 and 1980.  Jack wrote 3 of the essays in the book.  Drake is also mentioned in historian Jonathan Bass’ book, “He Calls Me By Lightning” (W.W. Norton 2017) which is a history of the 3 death penalty murder cases of Caliph Washington.  The murder trials of Washington began in Bessemer, Alabama, in 1957 when African American 17 year old Washington was convicted of murdering a white policeman and sentenced to death.  Washington came within minutes of being electrocuted 12 different times.  His convictions were reversed 3 times.  On his last re-trial Washington was represented by Drake and 3 other lawyers including Judge U.W. Clemon.  After his last re-trial was reversed Washington was never tried again.  The book was reviewed in the New York Times in the Sunday Book Review in September of 2017.   

        Jack was also featured in September 2017 in an article in the Anniston Star which concerned the Alabama Legislative Commission to Preserve the Peace which spied on dozens of Alabamians, including Drake, during the 1960s and 70s.  Ironically Drake filed a law suit in 1975 which resulted in the Peace Commission being permanently enjoined from all future operations.  Jack also wrote the foreword to “Turning The Tide” (University of Alabama Press 2014), a history of the University of Alabama from 1963 to 1970.