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Whistleblowers: Manning and Snowden

The Application of U.S. and International Law as Related to Whistleblowers

Professor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law will speak to us about the cases of Private Bradley Manning, recently tried and convicted in a military court, and Edward Snowden, currently residing in Russia with temporary asylum to escape being charged with espionage.

Professor Cohn has written about each of these cases in her blog:

"Bradley Manning's Revelations Saved Lives" and 

"Snowden's Case for Asylum: An Interview with Marjorie Cohn"

Join us for light refreshments and a presentation by Professor Cohn, followed by the opportunity for questions and discussion. RSVP helpful but not necessary. This event is free and open to the public.

Professor Cohn is a former president of the National Lawyers Guild. She lectures throughout the world on international human rights and U.S. foreign policy. A news consultant for CBS News and a legal analyst for Court TV, she also provides legal and political commentary on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, Air America and Pacifica Radio.

In addition, Professor Cohn is the author of Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law and co-author of Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice and Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent. Her latest book, The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse, was published in January 2011 by NYU Press.

Her articles have appeared in numerous journals such as Fordham Law Review, Hastings Law Journal and Virginia Journal of International Law, as well as The National Law Journal, Christian Science Monitor and Chicago Tribune. Professor Cohn is a contributing editor to Jurist, MWC News and National Lawyers Guild Review, and her frequent columns appear on Huffington Post, Truthout, AlterNet, CommonDreams, Counterpunch, OpedNews, AtlanticFreePress, ZNet, and GlobalResearch, and are archived at

She has been a criminal defense attorney at the trial and appellate levels for many years, and was staff counsel to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Professor Cohn is the U.S. representative to the executive committee of the Association of American Jurists and is deputy secretary general of the Bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.

The recipient of the San Diego County Bar Association's 2005 Service to Legal Education Award, Professor Cohn was recognized as one of San Diego's Top Attorneys in Academics for 2006, 2008 and 2009, and was given the 2007 Bernard E. Witkin, Esq. Award for Excellence in the Teaching of the Law by the San Diego Law Library Justice Foundation. She received the 2008 Peace Scholar of the Year Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the 2009 Amnesty International-San Diego Digna Ochoa Human Rights Defender Award, and the 2010 Alumni Achievement Award from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Professor Cohn sits on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, the Advisory Board of the U.S. Human Rights Network, the Board of Directors of Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, and the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign. She is also a civilian member of the board of GI Voice. Professor Cohn testified in 2008 about government torture policy before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and she has testified at military courts-martial about the illegality of the wars, the duty to obey lawful orders, and the duty to disobey unlawful orders. She was a legal observer in Iran on behalf of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers in 1978 and she has participated in delegations to Cuba, China and Yugoslavia.

She has lived in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. Professor Cohn has taught at Thomas Jefferson since 1991.

Visit Professor Cohn’s website:

Please join us to continue the conversation with Professor Cohn at lunch following the presentation:

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  • Dan F.

    Excellent talk by great activist and academic Marjorie Cohn presented with irrefutable logic and reason. More Americans need to be aware of the how the security/surveillance complex threatens and compromises our constitutionally guaranteed civil rights. Important stuff. Thanks to Cy, Debbie, Wilfredo and HFSD for organizing this event.

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • Wilfredo P.

    This was an excellent event. As I told Professor Cohn, although I supported Obama, I am extremely disappointed with him now. I feel the same about his Democratic allies such as Feinstein and Pelosi. It's as if they have no clue about Constitutional and international law. How sad that Obama has essentially become George Bush III. And how sad that the Democratic Party stopped being progressive a long time ago. I think I'm going to take my Obama bumper stickers off of my cars.

    Orwell's prophecies have come true to an extent that he could never dream of.

    At any rate, kudos to Cy for organizing this event and to Lynn for her invaluable assistance.

    September 21, 2013

  • Mike

    Excellent. Very informative and knowledgeable speaker

    September 21, 2013

  • lynn

    Cohn is extremely informed (and informative) and provocative. I feel lucky to have heard her speak - learned things (scary and disturbing things) that I would never otherwise have known.

    September 21, 2013

  • Kay M

    darnit.. i really want to hear this.. i have pottery class on saturday's... :(

    September 15, 2013

  • Michael M.

    I'll be there

    1 · August 31, 2013

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