Conversational Salon Erlinder/Dafur 10.26 6:30pm
From: patty (
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:39:45 -0700 (PDT)
HI Everyone,  The following is our salon for next Tuesday.


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Peter Erlinder on "Darfur and the International Criminal Court: the
reality behind the facade"
Pax Conversational Salon
Tuesday, October 26, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 West Seventh, St. Paul.

Peter Erlinder:
Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law
Lead Defense Counsel at the UN Tribunal for Rwanda
Past National President (93-97) of the National Lawyers Guild
Recently released from a Rwanda prison

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Academic Career: Prof. Peter Erlinder began his preparation for legal
academia repairing garbage trucks and performing "hands-on environmental
upgrading" in the alleys of the Southside of Chicago, where President
Obama began his career as a community organizier and Michelle Robinson
Obama was raised. He attended Georgetown Law School and graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law. He was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and on the Clinical Faculty at IIT/Chgo-Kent before joing the Wm Mitchell College of Law Faculty in 1982. He has been a visited and lectured at Columbia U; U. of Wisconsin; ; Geo. Wash. U; U of Texas; Waseda U (Tokyo); U of Paris; Erasmus U, The Hague, and others. He is the Director of the International
Humanitarian Law Institute, St. Paul, MN.

Publication: He is the co-author of the three-volume treatise Criminal
Constitutional Law (Lexis/Nexis) and author of numerous academic articles, which have been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States, various
States, and many lower federal and state courts.  His commentaries are
carried by domestic and international media, such as the New York Times; Washington Post; Chicago Tribune, major Minnesota dailies; International Herald Tribune; the Guardian; BBC; CNN; CBS; PBS; Al-Jazeera; CBC, etc. He is President of the Association des Avocats de la Defense (ADAD- defense
lawyers of the UN-Rwanda Tribunal) ; Lead Defense Counsel-UN Rwanda
Tribunal; past-President of the National Lawyers Guild; Founder of the
National Police Accountability Project; founding Board Member, National
Coalition to Protect Political Freedom (to oppose "secret evidence"
deportations) and National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (opposing pre-textual prosecutions of Muslims and politically-motivated "material
support" prosecutions; Legal Advisor, Somali Justice Advocacy Center.

Legal Practice: Practice: first successful criminal defense of Vietnam
Veterans suffering psychological effects of war (PTSD);  first
Inter-American Human Rights claim against Peruvian Fujimori dictatorship use of " faceless judges" (Dr. Abimael Guzman); defense counsel post-9/11
for Omar Jamal and many members of Minnesota's Somali community; U.S.
counsel for families of Japanese students killed by US submarine off
Hawaii; counsel for Minnesotans civilly-incarcerated for life without jury trials or chance for release; defense counsel for the Cuban Five, Cuban anti-terrorists convicted on false-espionage charges; defense counsel for Palestinian-academic/activist Dr. Sami al Arian, acquitted of "terrorism charges" but incarcerated; Muhamed Warsame, longest pre-trial detainee in US history (61/2 years in solitary confinement post-9/11); Muslims facing
politically-motivated charges; political activists facing
poltically-motivated repression on "material support" and other charges; won first acquittals at UN Rwanda Tribunal on conspiracy and planning to commit genocide charges; and, numerous clients without power or privilege, whose fundamental constitutional or human rights have been violated, the
vindication of which contribute to protecting civil liberties and
democracy for all of a matter of principle.

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