Laurent Frantz (1914-1998) was born in Tennessee and received law degrees from the University of Tennessee and Duke University. He joined the Communist Party in the 1930s. Frantz moved to California in 1950, where he was a defense adviser in the trial of the California Communist Party under the Smith Act. Although the defendants were found guilty in 1952, their convictions were overturned in 1957 by the Supreme Court. Frantz was a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union and on the national board for the National Lawyers Guild. He left the Communist Party in 1957.
This interview was conducted on February 7th, 1987.