Frederick Douglass (February 1818–February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time, he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Douglass]
Professor Richard Peterson is Director of Externships, Director of the Special Education Advocacy Clinic, and Assistant Professor of Law at Pepperdine University School of Law where he has taught since 2002. He supervises 2nd and 3rd year law students in providing advocacy and legal services to parents of children with disabilities, and frequently provides instruction and training to school districts, parents, disability support groups, and others on the civil rights of children with disabilities and their parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and management of conflict in that domain. His publications may be accessed through the Pepperdine Law web site. In addition to his law degree, Professor Peterson holds an MDR and LLM in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law.