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5 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 117 (1999-2000)
Lawyer Management of Systems of Evil: The Case of the Tobacco Industry

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of Evil: The Case of the
Tobacco Industry
Richard A. Daynard*
Professor Finkelman and Professor Carrington were wrong in
suggesting that evil figures like Thomas Cobb and Lucius Lamar
are no longer present in the legal community.' Thomas Cobb, a
leading slavery proponent after the Civil War, and Lucius Lamar,
a proponent of slavery and southern secession, who after the Civil
War became an advocate of voting rights for African-Americans,
are not gone today. These men are alive and working for the to-
bacco industry. The tobacco companies read Thomas Cobb's works.
They realized that if he could explain that African-Americans
needed to be slaves, deserved to be slaves and that it was all bio-
logical, he could also explain why tobacco smoke does not cause
disease. In addition, he could explain how reports that demon-
strate how tobacco smoke causes cancer are faulty and in need of
much more scientific confirmation.
Lucius Lamar has found an even better position in the tobacco
industry. He is an executive of sorts and doing public relations.
He is explaining how the industry has turned over a new leaf since
they have lost major lawsuits. He is explaining how the industry
has been thoroughly punished by having to pay money and raising
prices, even if only a little bit. Tobacco companies have taken it to
heart and are no longer going after children. As long as there is a
* Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law. Lecture Deliv-
ered April 16, 1999 at Roger Williams University School of Law.
1. See Paul Finkelman, Thomas R.R. Cobb and the Law of Negro Slavery, 5
Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 75 (1999); Paul D. Carrington, Lawyers Amid the Re-
demption of the South, 5 Roger Williams U. L. Rev. 41 (1999).

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