Significant Cases

Robinson vs. University of Mississippi
The suit challenged the University's historic policies of racial discrimination and exclusion of African-Americans from admission to its Law School. This lawsuit subsequently opened up the admissions process at “Ole' Miss” which has allowed many African American students to complete their education since that time.

After serving between two and three years at North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, Myers was elevated to the position of Director of Litigation in charge of more than 45 lawyers and 40 paralegals. In this capacity, he was responsible for managing seven legal service offices throughout cities in Northern Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta which included Clarksville, Batesville, Holly Springs, Tupelo, Cleveland, and Greenville. While Director of Litigation, he initiated numerous lawsuits challenging racial discrimination in municipal governments and in private employment practices in the State of Mississippi. In 1973, Myers was one of the lawyers that filed the historic case of Ayers vs. Mississippi. This case ultimately led to the desegregation of institutions of higher learning in the United States after reaching the United States Supreme Court. Between 1974 and 1976, he was on the cutting edge of filing more than six lawsuits against county jails in the State of Mississippi for inhumane conditions and the treatment of their inmates. Several of these lawsuits were for damages and became landmark precedents in the area of jail reform litigation.


Ayers vs. Mississippi
This case ultimately led to the desegregation of institutions of higher learning in the United States after reaching the United States Supreme Court.


New Jersey vs. Joanne Chesmard
A young African-American woman named Joanne Chesmard (aka Assata Shakur-mother of Tupac Shakur) had been arrested by the New Jersey State Police, and had been accused of killing a New Jersey State Trooper.


Myers met with Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt in San Quentin Prison in February of 1979 after the San Francisco convention. As a result of this meeting, Myers agreed to serve on Pratt's legal team. In May of 1979, Myers relocated to San Francisco and began working on the Pratt case full-time in an attempt to get a new trial. By this time, what was becoming an avalanche of information continued to develop that showed the FBI had framed Pratt. Ultimately, Pratt was vindicated and awarded over four million dollars for his illegal incarceration.

During the time that Myers was in San Francisco (1979-1980) working on the Pratt case, he was contacted by the "People's Law Office" in Chicago, IL and a number of African-American activists concerning a prison rebellion that had occurred in Pontiac Correctional Facility in Pontiac, IL. As a result of this rebellion, three White prison guards were killed and eighteen African-American inmates were charged with capital murder. This was the largest mass prosecution of defendants for capital murder in United States history. In 1980, at the request of many of the accused inmates, Myers moved from San Francisco to Chicago and ultimately agreed to sign on as one of the defense attorneys. He represented Larry Hoover, the alleged leader of the Black Gangster Disciples street gang in Chicago. At the time, the State of Illinois had accused Hoover of being the mastermind behind the prison rebellion and the principal party responsible for the deaths of the prison guards. In the latter part of 1980, the case of People of the State of Illinois vs. Larry Hoover, et. all went to trial; and the trial lasted for eighteen months. At the conclusion of the trial, Myers decided to make Chicago his place of residence.