|Join Us Saturday Evening|
CLE and Reception
June 22, 2013:
Litigating the Right to Peace
|Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaņos|In this program, attorney Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaņos will discuss the legal basis of a right to peace and its successful use in litigation. The main topics will include his successful litigation against governmental practices violating Costa Rica's "Peace Constitution," the use of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to protect and institutionalize the right to peace, and cooperation with Japanese lawyers and peace organizations to safeguard Article 9 ("Peace Article") of Japan's Constitution. Learn more here
The reception immediately following will let you meet a broad spectrum of the Puget Sound law and justice community. Bring a friend!
As a law student, Zamora sued his own government to enforce the peace clause in its constitution. He won the case, and Costa Rica ceased its support for invading and occupying Iraq. He went on to win other cases enforcing the right to peace, and to speak in support of peace through law in forums such as the UN DPI/NGO Conference
This event is approved for 2 live general CLE credits.
This event is free and open to the public, thanks to the generous support of the World Peace Through Law Section, The Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, El Centro de la Raza, and other contributors.
About El Centro de la Raza
One of the organizations helping the Section put this event together is El Centro de la Raza
. Based on Beacon Hill, it describes itself as follows:
"El Centro de la Raza is a voice and a hub for Seattle and Martin Luther King, Jr. County's Latino community, as we advocate on behalf of our people and work to achieve social justice. Through our comprehensive programs and services, we empower members of the Latino community as fully participating members of society. We also work to raise awareness with the general public, and government, business and civic leaders about the needs of the Chicano/Latino community in the United States. Our organization has a strong commitment to the struggle for civil rights for all persons, regardless of race, and a rich history of services to the community. Many of our program participants come back to El Centro de la Raza to join our advocacy efforts, to volunteer, or just to visit. Along with our local work, we maintain an international perspective and connections and continue to work for positive social change in the global community."
El Centro do la Raza is not affiliated with the World Peace Through Law Section or the WSBA; however, its organizational and fiscal support has made this free CLE program possible. Learn more the organization at its website.
About The National Lawyers Guild
One of the organizations helping the Section put this event together is the Seattle chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. It describes itself as follows:
"In 1936, Generalissimo Francisco Franco declared war on the Spanish Republic. Mussolini's Italy consolidated its conquest of Ethiopia. Hitler's Wehrmacht reoccupied the Rhineland. The right wing of the Japanese military attempted a bloody coup d'etat and Japan withdrew from the London Naval Treaty of 1930 that limited the number and tonnage of ships of war. World War was looming.
It was the seventh year of the Great Depression, the third year of the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, the fifth year of the Japanese occupation of Manchuria, and just another year when the Supreme Court had rejected as unconstitutional one economic New Deal reform after another. The American Bar Association was still segregated, and still opposed to New Deal economic reform.
In response to the times, in 1937, 600 lawyers convened to form an alternative to the ABA, the National Lawyers Guild. It was the first racially integrated, progressive bar association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system.
The NLG dedicated itself to the principle that human rights are more sacred than property interests.
The NLG organized thousands of volunteer lawyers and law students who provided legal support for the Civil Rights Movement. Guild lawyers were at the bar defending the movement long before the federal government was involved. Guild members represented the families of murdered civil rights activists Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman, who were assassinated by local law enforcement members of the Ku Klux Klan. Guild initiated lawsuits brought the Kennedy Justice Department directly into the Civil Rights struggle in Mississippi and challenged the seating of the all white Mississippi delegation at the 1964 Democratic Convention. Guild lawyers defended thousands of civil rights activists who were arrested for exercising basic rights and established new federal constitutional protections in groundbreaking Supreme Court cases...
As the 20th Century slid into first decade of the 21st Century, the Guild was there, defending antiglobalization, environmental, immigrant and labor rights activists from Seattle, to D.C., to L.A.."
The NLG is not affiliated with the World Peace Through Law Section or the WSBA; however, monetary and organizational support by the NLG's Seattle Chapter has made this free CLE event possible. Learn more about the organization at its website.
About Seattle University School of Law
Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Its official "Vision" is to be "the premier independent university of the Northwest in academic quality, Jesuit Catholic inspiration, and service to society." The School's commitment to service is seen in many ways, such as an innovative Access to Justice Institute (ATJI) that prepares students for a lifetime in law in furtherance of social justice through collaborative student, school, and community partnerships,
The Law School is located in Sullivan Hall, at 901 12th Avenue. It is served by Metro bus routes 2, 3, 4, 12, 43, 49 and 60. If you arrive early to the program, you may enjoy a dinner at one of the many nearby restaurants serving the student community, or stroll the well-gardened grounds.
The School of Law is not affiliated with the World Peace Through Law Section or the WSBA; however, the use of its facility has made this free CLE event possible. Learn more about the organization at its website.
This program has been several months in the making. Long-time Section member Martha Schmidt has put in a lot of effort making it all come together, along with her small team of helpers. Let's give her a round of applause!
After this program, what what do you want the section to do next? Are there any particualr programs or speakers that you would like the Section to pursue?
This is a publication of a section of the Washington State Bar Association. All opinions and comments represent the views of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by WSBA, its officers or agents.
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