Eric Sirotkin (Albuquerque, New Mexico) has been a human rights trial lawyer for over 35 years and is the founder of The Ubuntuworks Project and Lawyers for Demilitarization and Peace in Korea. He is author of a Treatise on Employment law, a memoir Witness: A Lawyers Journey from Litigation to Liberation and the recent Surviving and Thriving at Work: Everything an employee needs to know but is afraid to ask and was the Executive Producer of the award winning film Committing Poetry in Times of War. Over the years his peacemaking and speaking activities have taken him around the world, including India, Peru, Cuba, South Africa, Japan, North and South Korea, Vietnam, France, Netherlands, Canada and China. He contributed to the new Constitution in South Africa, was a UN sponsored election observer at President Mandela’s election and coordinated an international monitoring Project of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He has testified before Congress and the State Department on Peace in Korea, worked with the ROK TRC and visited North Korea several times on peacebuilding missions. He is a regular TV Commentator on alternatives to violence and finding the forgotten peace in Korea.
Bruce Nestor (Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a criminal defense, immigration and civil rights attorney in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1992, with highest honors. Bruce is the past President of the National Lawyers Guild (2000-2003), a national bar association of progressive attorneys, law students, and legal workers, founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated bar association in the United States. He is a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a member of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and a member of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, federal Courts of Appeal for the 8th and 5th Circuits, federal district courts in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois, and the state bars of Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota. His community work and political organizing focuses on immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, and racial justice. He has also traveled to Nicaragua, Cuba, Palestine, Arizona, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Egypt as a member of human rights delegations.
Philip Fornaci (Washington DC) is a civil rights attorney based in Washington, D.C., whose practice focuses on the rights of incarcerated people, primarily those held in federal prisons. He has worked on issues around abuse of prisoners with mental illness, solitary confinement and failures to provide medical care. Previously, he has worked on behalf of people with disabilities and in the 1990s led one of the few legal organizations nationally advocating for people living with AIDS. For four decades, Philip has also been actively involved in political work, in particular antiwar activities. He has published several articles on the case of Chelsea Manning during her whistleblower trial, and more recently has been involved in efforts to free Julian Assange from confinement in the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.
Susana de León (Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a Xicana activist who works on issues of social justice in the Latinx community. During her life she has been active as a community organizer in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, women’s empowerment, human rights and cultural resistance. She is an immigration attorney in south Minneapolis. Susana is a recognized leader and frequent speaker with respect to issues of human rights, immigrant rights, educational rights, and police abuse of authority. She is a past Chair of the Board of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. She sits on local boards for organizations working toward racial justice and economic development. She has worked with a number of community organizations met with and presented to elected representatives, city and state elected officials.
Thane Tienson (Portland Oregon) is a trial lawyer in private practice specializing in the area of environmental law. For the past 30 years, he has been actively involved in representing the interests of the commercial and recreational fishing industries and environmental and conservation groups and local governments in advocacy and litigation over fisheries, environmental and water quality issues in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, and public access to navigable rivers and lakes. Thane has served as counsel for the Oregon Democratic party and for all of Oregon’s Democratic Party Congressional Representatives in conjunction with the decennial redistricting effort and he also helped found the West Coast Seafood Processors Association and served as its first Executive Director on an interim basis. He is of Commercial Fishing and Fisheries, Oregon State Bar CLE, Environmental and Natural Resources Law (2002 and 2006); Carrots and Sticks: How Litigation Can Promote Negotiation and Other Settlement Solutions, Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, Vol. 7 No. 1 (2001); EU Fishery Trade Policies: A Case Study, 3 EEZ Technology 161 (1998) and Alyeska v. Wilderness Society, Demise of the Private Attorney General, 6 ENV Law Review 243 (1976).
Bryan K. Bullock (Merrillville, Indiana) has been practicing law in his employment and civil rights practice for over 15 years. From 2005 to 2011, Attorney Bullock served as habeas counsel for 3 different men who were being detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is the recipient of the Frederick Douglas Human Rights Award from the Southern Center for Human Rights, the Joseph A. Pitts Award from the Gary branch of the NAACP, and a Distinguished Service Award from Gary Neighborhood Services, where he served as President. He was counsel for the Calumet Project, a social justice community organization in Environmental Justice litigation against BP Amoco, and has served in planning positions on environmental justiceHe has spoken at the Kroc Institute for International Peace at Notre Dame University on “Environmental Justice and Human Rights.” He is an adjunct professor at Indiana University Northwest where he teaches a course in Race and the Law in the Minority Studies Department. He is the President of the Indiana Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild. Bullock is also a member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. He is a freelance wither whose works have appeared in Truthout.org, the Jurist.org and BlackAgendaReport.org
Daniel McGee (New York, New York) is the Managing Director of the NLG Foundation (NLGF). He has worked in social justice legal organizations for the past twenty years and has over a decade of experience in fundraising and financial management with a focus on resourcing social justice movements and building sustainable organizations. Before coming to the NLGF, Daniel was Director of Finance and Development at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), a legal collective organized by-and-for low income transgender people and transgender people of color. Prior to SRLP, Daniel worked as a Legal Program Associate at the Center for Reproductive Rights. He is a Certified Not-for-Profit Accounting Professional, a Rockwood Leadership Institute Alumni, and a 2011 21st Century Pipeline Project Fellow. Daniel is also a member of the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a radical protest marching band which uses music to support local racial, social, and economic justice efforts. An avid backpacker, Daniel has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Maine, and the Baekdu-daegan in South Korea.
Malgorzata (Margaret) Chalupowski (Beverly, Massachusetts) an MD with a PhD from the Jagiellonian University School of Medicine in Krakow, Poland, also holds a Juris Doctor from the Massachusetts School of Law. She is a 1993-94 and 1995-96 Takemi Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she studied quality management and global health. A recipient of the Prince of Wales Medical Scholarship, with credentials from the University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and University of Liverpool. An experienced clinician, educator, researcher, legal and science writer, avid advocate for human rights, and passionate environmentalist, she presently serves as an academic advisor to current and former Harvard Takemi Fellows pursuing research in quality management and women’s health. Margaret has worked overseas on global health projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and South-East Asia and performs legal observing in demonstrations for the National Lawyers Guild.