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IMLA Founder Charles Rhyne – The Consummate Advocate In His Own Words | October 29, 2008

Charles Rhyne, in addition to his many other accomplishments, was one of the great advocates of his time.  Among his wins before the Supreme Court were “Baker v. Carr” and “National League of Cities v. Usery”.  While the latter is now lost to judicial mind-changing, the former stands as testament to his advocacy and stands as one of the most important cases in American jurisprudence.  Not long before his death, Mr. Rhyne agreed to speak to the Office of County Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland about advocacy. You should also take special note of a young Chuck Thompson (our Executive Director).  That presentation was taped. As we unveil our blog, IMLA is proud to make this video part of our first posting and available as an enduring tribute to Mr. Rhyne and an excellent resource for lawyers who wish to become successful advocates.


  1. This is a wonderful video. Charles Rhyne was a special individual and it’s great to have him lead off your new blog.

    Comment by John C — October 29, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

  2. I am Charles Rhyne’s oldest daughter. I have always been so proud of him and his many accomplishment’s. He was a farmer from North Carolina who became a great advocate. He was a loving father and a great grandfather. He will be missed by many. Thank you for this blog.

    Comment by Mary Margaret Rhyne Fuqua — February 23, 2010 @ 2:07 pm

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This blog is made possible by the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), but may include guest bloggers (who are attorneys with experience in local government matters) who might or might not work for IMLA. Their views (and those expressed on this site) do not necessarily express the views of IMLA.







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