For the first time in print, a federal hate crimes prosecutor takes the reader inside the grand juries, courtrooms, and killing fields of the Deep South, where, as native son William Faulkner put it, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Fire on the Bayou is an emotionally-candid, self-effacing and plain-spoken account, Howard Feinstein tells true tales from a time many would rather forget. Secrets once thought buried forever resurface in this engaging memoir of a young attorney thrust “behind the lines” into a cauldron of hate and violence.
Howard L. Feinstein is the author of Developing Issues in the Legal Status of Women: Cases and Commentaries, published by Pearson [Prentice Hall], 1999. A supplement to the first edition was published in 2000. His memoir, Fire On The Bayou: True Tales From The Civil Rights Battlefront, details Mr. Feinstein’s civil rights work prosecuting Ku Klux Klan cases and other prosecutions involving racially-motivated violence.
He is the author of a chapter in Prisoners’ Rights Sourcebook, published by Clark-Boardman in 1973. He has written many articles and materials on a wide range of legal topics, including civil rights, criminal law, and banking and regulatory issues.
Howard has devoted his professional life to working for the protection and enforcement of civil rights for all Americans, through his legal work, teaching, writings, and speaking appearances. For many years, he was a prosecutor and civil litigator with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, seeking justice for victims of the Ku Klux Klan and other racially-motivated terrorist organizations and individuals. He also pursued matters involving housing and employment discrimination, school desegregation, and sex discrimination throughout the United States and its territories.
He has taught and designed a variety of courses, including Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Sex Discrimination, and Criminal Law, as a faculty member at George Washington University (Washington, DC); the University of Maryland, College Park; and Hood College (Frederick, MD). He has also served as a hearing examiner for the University of Maryland system.
Mr. Feinstein received his undergraduate degree from the University of California (1968), and graduated With Honors from George Washington University Law School (1972). He also studied international and comparative law in the United Kingdom.
Because of his wide-ranging experience in the long struggle for equality for all Americans, Mr. Feinstein has been a highly-popular speaker on civil rights, the legal and criminal justice systems, and the history of the movement for equality.