Stephen Rohde

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist. He co-founded and currently serves as Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP). Steve also is the immediate past Chair of the ACLU of Southern California, Chair of Death Penalty Focus, and Chair Emeritus of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.

Author of American Words of Freedom and Freedom of Assembly, Steve 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. His areas of focus included communications and intellectual property law, civil and appellate litigation and constitutional and civil rights law. A graduate of Northwestern University and Columbia Law School, Steve has been honored for his work by the American Bar Association, the ACLU, the Beverly Hills Bar Association, and Bend the Arc.

Speaker, Light in the Darkness: The Spiritual Struggle for Compassion and Justice in America Today