2/29/2012 First Person Radio


Listen in as Laura Waterman Wittstock and Miguel Vargas talk to Bill Tilton about the life and times of Marv Davidov. A celebration of the life of Davidov, founder of the Honeywell Project, will take place March 10th at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. From Wikipedia: " In 1987 Honeywell purchased land in the Black Hills of South Dakota with a plan of creating {a} testing site there. Honeywell Project members worked in Minneapolis to support a group of white ranchers and Native Americans that called themselves the "Cowboy and Indian Alliance" or "CIA". The Honeywell Project reasoned that if Honeywell could not find a place to reliably test its weapons it would be unable to manufacture weapons of sufficient quality to sell to the military. In the end Honeywell was unable to install its testing site anywhere and Honeywell converted the land into a sanctuary for wild horses." Tilton volunteered with and supported Davidov over several decades.

Bill Tilton has been a Minnesota lawyer since graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School with a J.D. in 1977. In over three decades of practice, he has obtained many superlative settlements and verdicts for his clients, with record results in several categories. He received the “Minnesota Lawyer Attorneys of the Year” from Minnesota Lawyer newspaper in 2001. http://www.minnlawyer.com He has been named a Minnesota Super Lawyer for many years by Minnesota Lawyer. Bill is a former adjunct professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law. He has helped educate other legal professionals by speaking at many continuing legal education seminars over the years. He is admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota, State of Wisconsin, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and has also practiced in the Western District of the U.S. District Court of Montana.

Bill found inordinate visibility in 1970 when became one of the Minnesota 8 draft board raiders, a group which had intended to feed Selective Service records to the Mississippi River. He was convicted of “attempted interference with the Selective Service System” and sentenced to five years imprisonment, of which he did just over 20 months in federal prison. After his release, for some time Bill was a part of the community support team for the Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense Committee. Then he went to law school at the University of Minnesota, where he served a year as editor of Quare, the law school newspaper.

Playlist Tracks: 
Bill Tilton - Minnesota Lawyer
Topics: The Life and Times of Marv Davidov
Air Date: 
February 29, 2012

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