Stephen Rohde

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer, and political activist. He is immediate past chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California; National Chair of Bend the Arc, a Jewish Partnership for Justice; a founder and current president of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace; and a chair of Death Penalty Focus. Mr. Rohde is the author of American Words of Freedom, Freedom of Assembly (part of the American Rights series), numerous articles and book reviews on civil liberties and constitutional history, and co-author of Foundations of Freedom. He was a 2012 recipient of Bend the Arc’s “Pursuit of Justice” Award. Mr. Rohde received his BA degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and his JD degree from Columbia Law School. He practices civil litigation, appellate, intellectual property, and civil rights law.


CONTRIBUTOR ARTICLES

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?...


Is a Taco a Sandwich?: Interpreting the Law
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