Harvey Burg

Civil Rights Lawyer

In August 1963, at age 22, Harvey participated in the March On Washington. In 1960, while a student at the University Of Pennsylvania, he demonstrated against the American Nazi Party, which came to Philadelphia to picket the opening there of the film Exodus. For the remainder of the ‘60s, he was a civil rights worker and lawyer, and a member of the Alabama Bar, a partner in the State’s premier civil rights law firm.

During the ‘70s, among a variety of civic-minded legal projects, Harvey served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and chaired a special ACLU Voter Rights Project. He also served on boards or represented community-based programs aimed at improving economic opportunity, access to federal programs and funding, building affordable housing and promoting low income housing throughout New England.

He retired from the law firm of Burns & Levinson LP in Boston in 2012, where he chaired the International Practice Group for many years. During his practice years, he served professionally as co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s International Law Section and chaired the International Transactions Committee. Harvey also served for six years on the executive committee of IAG International, a worldwide association of law, accounting and tax advisory firms.

He graduated cum laude with a BA in international relations from University of Pennsylvania; received his MA in international law and economic development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School.


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