Daniel Mark Siegel

Daniel Mark Siegel

Daniel Mark Siegel

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Daniel Mark Siegel, aka Dan Siegel, was a student activist at in the 1960s and 1970s while he attended University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He was also a leader in the local Students for a Democratic Society. As UC Berkeley Student President in 1969, Siegel is known for his role in the student rebellion on "Bloody Thursday," when thousands of students clashed with hundreds of California Highway Patrol officers and Alameda County sheriff's deputies sent by the office of then-California governor Ronald Reagan to assert control over a piece of property known as "People's Park." During a rally at Sproul Hall on that day, May 15, 1969, Siegel received the microphone as the crowd of 3,000 agitated to reclaim their community space, and when he yelled "Take the park!" a riot ensued that ended with authorities firing at demonstrators, killing one.

As a result of Siegel's People's Park speech, as well as his public advocacy against the bombing of Cambodia and the killing of anti-war protesters in Kent State, he was denied a license to practice law by a subcommittee of the State Bar of California. In a case now taught at California law school classes on Professional Ethics, Siegel took his appeal all of the way to the California Supreme Court, which overruled the State Bar and found that Siegel possessed the requisite...
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