Robert L. Carter: Justice in many forms
Every player in the National Basketball Association can count himself among the national 1 percent. For that, all of them, from superstars down to the most obscure scrubs and overpaid busts, owe a moment of silence to Robert L. Carter. As a young lawyer he helped build the case for court-ordered school desegregation in the 1950s. Two decades later, as a federal judge, he took on the NBA over its attempts to block open competition for players.