Skip to main content
William C. Newman

William C. Newman

also known as Bill Newman

Avvo Advisor

Stop searching and get answers.

Talk to an Avvo-vetted lawyer on the phone now. 15-min call for just $39.

Learn more

Client reviews

Not yet reviewed

About Me

It is a joy to  host my  talk radio show weekdays mornings on WHMP and its affilaited stations in the Pioneer Valley, and I take  pride in the Civil Liberties Minutes, which I write and voice --two or three new ones each week. I see the law as a way-- one way-- to try to seek justice, social justice and equality.  


Practice Areas


  1. Civil Rights: 100%
    39 years, 1 thousand cases


Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

No endorsements

Endorsements from fellow lawyers are an important consideration for many when selecting the right attorney. Be the first to endorse your colleague!

Endorse this lawyer

Contact Info

39 Main Street
Northampton, MA, 01060



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV ratingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerMassachusetts Super Lawyers2015
Boston MagazineNew England Super Lawyers2015
Beacon of Justice AwardNational Legal Aid and Defender Association2007
President's AwardMassachusetts Bar Association2007
Human Rights AwardSouthern Center for Human Rights2007
Special Recognition for 25+ Years on Board of DirectorsWestern Massachusetts Legal Services2006
Thurgood Marshall AwardCommittee for Public Counsel Services2005
Ellen Sedlis Good Work AwardNorthampton Center for Children and Families2001
Special Recognition for victory in capital caseMassachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty1992
Community Service AwardMassachusetts Bar Association1988
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Director, Western Masschusetts OfficeAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts1987 - Present
PartnerLesser, Newman & Nasser1976 - Present
Adjunct Election Officer--Teamsters caseElection Office1990 - 1992
Associate Field CounselMental Health Legal Advisors Committee1977 - 1979
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp.Member, Board of Directors2009 - 2014
No More GuantanamosAdvisory Board2009 - Present
Bill of Rights Defense CommitteeAdvisory Board2001 - 2008
Rosenberg Fund for ChildrenMember, Board of Directors1990 - Present
Center for Public RepresentationMember, Board of Directors1982 - 1999
Community Homes for ChildrenMember, Board of Directors1978 - 1983
Western Massachusette Legal ServicesMember, Board of Directors1976 - 2004
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Bezio v Patenaude, 381 Mass. 563We won at the Supreme Judicial Court and then the childrne were returned to their mother at the trial after remand.
Tauber v. Longmeadow, 695 F. Supp. 1358 (D.Mass)The First Amendment right was vindicated
Pyle v. School Committee of South HadleyThe students won.
See all Legal Cases 
Publication NameTitleDate
ACLU of MassachusettsThe Civil Liberties Minute2015
Daily Hampshire GazetteColumns2015
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyBook reviews and op-eds2015
Levellers PressWhen the War Came Home2014
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD1975
Antioch CollegeAmerican literatureBA - Bachelor of Arts1972
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Writers VoiceCivil Rights and When the War Came Home2015
Professor Harris Freeman's classPublic Interest Law2015
Post Conviction IssuesPost-conviction issues2015
Occupy The AirwavesCivil Liberties Challenges & "When the War Came Home"2015
ForumLessons of Vietnam, Afghanistan & Iraq2015
Contemporary IssuesCivil Rights and Liberties2015
Connecting PointCivil Liberties issues & When the War Came Home2015
Mass. Continuing Legal Ed.Electronic surveillance2014