|Conversational Salon Erlinder/Dafur 10.26 6:30pm||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: patty (pattypaxearthlink.net)|
|Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 12:39:45 -0700 (PDT)|
HI Everyone, The following is our salon for next Tuesday. patty Begin forwarded message:
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 New additional longer (auto)bio: Academic Career: Prof. Peter Erlinder began his preparation for legalacademia repairing garbage trucks and performing "hands-on environmentalupgrading" in the alleys of the Southside of Chicago, where President Obama began his career as a community organizier and Michelle RobinsonObama 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 InternationalHumanitarian Law Institute, St. Paul, MN. Publication: He is the co-author of the three-volume treatise CriminalConstitutional Law (Lexis/Nexis) and author of numerous academic articles, which have been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States, variousStates, and many lower federal and state courts. His commentaries arecarried 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- defenselawyers of the UN-Rwanda Tribunal) ; Lead Defense Counsel-UN Rwanda Tribunal; past-President of the National Lawyers Guild; Founder of theNational Police Accountability Project; founding Board Member, NationalCoalition 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 "materialsupport" prosecutions; Legal Advisor, Somali Justice Advocacy Center. Legal Practice: Practice: first successful criminal defense of Vietnam Veterans suffering psychological effects of war (PTSD); firstInter-American Human Rights claim against Peruvian Fujimori dictatorship use of " faceless judges" (Dr. Abimael Guzman); defense counsel post-9/11for Omar Jamal and many members of Minnesota's Somali community; U.S. counsel for families of Japanese students killed by US submarine offHawaii; 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 facingpolitically-motivated charges; political activists facingpoltically-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, thevindication of which contribute to protecting civil liberties and democracy for all of us....as a matter of principle.
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