Lucas A. 'Scot' Powe Jr.


As Interviewed by Nathan Williams, March 7, 2018
"If the jury had any doubt about guilt or innocence, they would find the defendant guilty and sentence him to be executed."
Lucas A. 'Scot' Powe Jr.

Introductory Profile: About Lucas A. Powe

My interviewee was Lucas A. ‘Scot’ Powe Jr. He is currently a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Texas at Austin and is a former Supreme Court clerk for Justice William O. Douglas. He is a close relative who I see often. I knew that he had been in several documentaries about Civil Rights and frequently does radio interviews, so it only made sense for me to ask him for an interview.

During the interview, Prof. Powe discussed how the Civil Rights Movement affected education in the South and in Austin, his own experiences while working in the segregated South, and how the Civil Rights movement helped give birth to the modern Women’s Rights Movement. The mood of the interview, as a whole, gives the listener the realization of not just how far as a country we’ve gone, but how much further we still have to go.

I would like to thank my interviewee, Prof. Powe, for allowing me to discuss and interview him about Civil Rights in the United States and for giving some of the time from his day for this purpose.