Thursday, April 25, 2013
James Lafferty - "Using the Law for Social Change"
James Lafferty, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles, human-rights bar associate, and host of The Lawyers Guild, a weekly public affairs program on KPFK-FM presents "Using the Law for Social Change: Rebellious Lawyers in Action."
James Lafferty has served as a national leader of various anti-war coalitions, including the National Peace Action Coalition, the anti-Vietnam War coalition that organized the largest protests during that war; the National Coalition for Peac in the Middle East; and the National Campaign to End U.S. Intervention in the Philippines. In the '60s, '70s, and '80s, his law firm - Lafferty, Reosti, Jabara, Papakhian & Smith - represented virtually all of the left political movements in and around Detroit, Michigan. In New York City, in the late '80s and early '90s, as associate director for the Center for Seafarer's Rights, he organized on behalf of the rights of merchant seafarers and also taught a course at the New School for Social Research entitled "Vietnam: The War at Home and Abroad." He serves on the steering committee of the anti-war coalition International A.N.S.W.E.R./L.A.