Book Talk: William L. Tabac on The Rise and Fall of Nashville Lawyer Tommy Osborn

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center at GW will host another in its ongoing Labor History Book Talks series. Registration is required.

Professor William L. Tabac will discuss his book, The Rise and Fall of Nashville Lawyer Tommy Osborn: Kennedy Convictions, examining the legendary clash between Robert Kennedy and James R. Hoffa. Hoffa's lawyer Tommy Osborn was fresh off his victory in the landmark case Baker v Carr when he agreed to represent Hoffa. Kennedy's crusade to take down the renowned Teamster General President led to the creation of a dedicated unit in the Department of Justice, widely known as the "Get Hoffa" Squad. Led by a non-lawyer, both Hoffa and Osborn were targets. After four Hoffa acquittals, and a bit of jury tampering of its own, the Squad finally won convictions - highly controversial ones - of both Hoffa and Osborn for jury tampering. His career destroyed, Osborn died by suicide.

William L. Tabac, a GW Law alumnus, is an emeritus law professor at Cleveland State Law School and practicing lawyer who served as a law clerk for the federal appeals court that reviewed the Hoffa cases. He has published numerous law journal articles, an article in The New York Times Magazine, and won awards for a legal affairs radio show and a non-fiction book.