Stephen Rohde

Stephen Rohde is a writer, lecturer and political activist. For almost 50 years, he practiced civil rights, civil liberties, and intellectual property law. He is a past chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and past National Chair of Bend the Arc, a Jewish Partnership for Justice. He is a founder and current chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace; member of the Board of Directors of Death Penalty Focus, and a member of the Black Jewish Justice Alliance. Mr. Rohde is the author of American Words of Freedom and Freedom of Assembly (part of the American Rights series); and numerous articles and book reviews on civil liberties and constitutional history for Los Angeles Review of BooksAmerican ProspectLos Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, Los Angeles Lawyer, Truth Out, L A Progressive, Variety, and other publications.  He is also co-author of Foundations of Freedom published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.  Mr. Rohde received Bend the Arc’s “Pursuit of Justice” Award and his work has been recognized by the ACLU and American Bar Association. Mr. Rohde received his BA degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and his JD degree from Columbia Law School. 


CONTRIBUTOR ARTICLES

One Nation, Not Under God

Stephen Rohde reviews "The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American" by Andrew L. Seidel....


Echoes of Fascism

Stephen Rohde reviews Henry A. Giroux's new book, "The Terror of the Unforeseen."...


Freedom of the Press Under Attack

Stephen Rohde looks at three new reports that detail assaults to freedom of the press and freedom of speech over the past year....


A Justice for All Seasons

Stephen Rohde delivers a speech on the judicial legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg....


A President Out of Control

Stephen Rohde on Katy Tur's "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History."...


Banality of Evil Redux

Imagine Adolf Eichmann was never prosecuted for his war crimes. Instead, he wrote a book....


The Importance of Dissent

The very first dissent was written by Justice Thomas Johnson in the long forgotten case of "Georgia v. Brailsford" (1793)....


Spying on Students

Patriotic Betrayal is a cautionary tale about how our government compromises well-meaning people in the name of fighting “our enemies.”...


Is the First Amendment Poetic?

While paying lip service to the “poetry” of the First Amendment, Burt Neuborne turns his book into an argument in favor of less First Amendment protection....


Dead Man Walking

Jake Heggie talks with LARB's Stephen Rohde about his opera, "Dead Man Walking" and its treatment, musically and dramatically, of the death penalty....


Freedom from Religion

Why would a pluralistic and secular society single out for special treatment any system of belief?...



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