Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist. In addition to his role as a founder and current Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, he is the immediate past Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Chair of Death Penalty Focus, and Chair Emeritus of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.
Steve authored the books American Words of Freedom and Freedom of Assembly and co-authored Foundations of Freedom, published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal and Los Angeles Review of Books. For over 45 years, he practiced law first in New York and then in Los Angeles, specializing in communications and intellectual property law, civil and appellate litigation and constitutional and civil rights law. A graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia Law School, he has been honored for his work by the American Bar Association, the ACLU, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and Bend the Arc.