James C. Harrington is the founder and director emeritus of the Texas Civil Rights Project. He also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas Law School for 27 years. He has spent more than forty-two years as a lawyer in the civil rights field, handling landmark cases involving grand jury discrimination, police misconduct, privacy, voting rights, free speech and assembly, farm worker organizing, and the rights of persons with disabilities.
Harrington has received numerous awards and honors for his public service and assistance to the poor. Additionally, he served two years as Director of the Americans with Disabilities Act National Backup Center and helped to organize ADA litigation campaigns in more than twenty states and U.S. territories. In addition to authoring numerous law review articles and commentaries, Harrington wrote The Texas Bill of Rights: A Commentary and Litigation Manual. He received his law degree in 1973 and a Master's degree in philosophy in 1969, both from the University of Detroit. To learn more about the project, see www.texascivilrightsproject.org.