News from the Law Offices of Anthony P. X. Bothwell
350 Bay Street, Suite 100 PMB314, San Francisco, CA 94133-1966 Tel.
May 25, 2002 Vol. IV / No.1
 Caroline Kennedy
 Holocaust loot
 Suspicious accounts
 Terrorism studies
 Treaty law
 American Indians
 Airline pilots
 Fine sons
 Attorney info
[ 1 ] CAROLINE KENNEDY SAYS A VISIT TO
JFK UNIV. WOULD BE ‘FUN’
I met Caroline Kennedy last week at the signing of her new book, Profiles
in Courage for Our Time, at New York’s Union Square Barnes &
Noble. “Most of the members of my family” keep working in
“public service,” she told a questioner, “but some
of them have started doing other things.” An aide, mingling in
the aisles, said the late president’s daughter writes and speaks
just “because she wants to get the message out.” An admirer
remarked, “She does it for her father’s legacy.” Ms.
Kennedy’s latest book honors elected officials of conscience –
and the “Heroes of September 11,” firefighters, police and
medical teams. When I encouraged her to consider a speaking engagement
at John F. Kennedy University, she replied, “That would be fun!”
[ 2 ] HEIRS STILL CAN MAKE CLAIMS FOR ART
LOOTED BY NAZIS
American Bar Association professional education classes I attended this
month in New York included training about law and ethics on claiming
works of art stolen from victims of the Holocaust. Most of the Nazi
loot still has not been found and claimed, but international law requires
governments to hold and return it to rightful heirs. Howard Spiegler,
an expert on Holocaust art law, said, “Many families only recently
started searching for Nazi loot because they didn’t want to think
about the horror, the losses.” Federal law can be used to help
U.S. residents who may have a basis for such claims.
[ 3 ] NEW REG MAY MAKE LAWYERS REPORT ‘SUSPICIOUS’
John Roth, Chief of the U.S. Justice Dept. Asset Forfeiture and Money
Laundering Section, predicts the government will force lawyers to report
all “suspicious” financial accounts. Federal regulations
probably will be adopted to impose the same reporting standard on lawyers
as already applies to banks, Roth told a May 10 Bar meeting at New York’s
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. James Roselle of Chicago’s Bank One answered
that solo practitioners of law can’t do such sophisticated reporting,
which costs U.S. banks up to $100 million yearly. Louise Delahunty,
who chairs a U.K. panel on money laundering, said a similar measure
in Parliament that’s “too extreme” applies to “all”
suspicions, not just those of money laundering and terrorism.
[ 4 ] TERROR ISSUES ARE SPOTLIGHTED IN
NEW COURSE OFFERINGS
This summer I’ll teach two courses at JFK University on terrorism
issues. “Terrorism and Law” classes will be on Saturdays
June 29 and July 13, 20 and 27 at the School of Law in Walnut Creek.
“In the Shadow of Terror,” a seminar on terrorism psychology,
will be held Friday evening, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4, at the School
of Liberal Arts in Orinda. My article, “Ethnicity, Security and
World Law in the Shadow of Super-Terrorism,” is in the current
Research Papers (vol. II, no. 1-2), published by the Human Rights Conflict
Prevention Centre in Bosnia. In New York, after meetings on terrorism
issues, I paid respects at Ground Zero.
[ 5 ] STATE DEPT. DISPUTES NEWS REPORT
ON TREATY LAW RULES
The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties codifies the rules on how
international agreements are formed, interpreted, amended, etc. The
U.S., though it never got around to ratifying the 1969 pact, has always
accepted the fact that its provisions are legally binding because they
reflect the universal custom of nations. The New York Times reported
May 5 that the U.S. no longer considered itself bound by the Vienna
accord. Two days later, Hans Corell, Under-Secretary-General and Legal
Counsel of the United Nations, told ABA members that the U.S. hadn’t
given notice of such a renunciation. And, at the same briefing in the
UN’s Dag Hammarskjold Library penthouse, Nicholas Rostow, General
Counsel of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, flatly denied the
Times report. But the Bush Administration did “un-sign”
a new Rome treaty by which the rest of the world has set up an International
Criminal Court to deal with cases of crimes against humanity that aren’t
[ 6 ] NATIVE AMERICAN CAUSES PROMOTED IN
LEGAL AID EFFORT
I’m told that the National Lawyers Guild is getting ready to publish
proceedings of a Tucson workshop I chaired on American Indians’
rights under international law. Summaries of a paper I wrote about the
topic have shown up in quite a variety of websites, including one in
the Russian language. As acting chair of the Guild’s committee
on Native American issues, I hope to help promote a coalition of tribes
seeking justice for all. I’ve also endeavored to assist some Native
American nations in selected cases on a pro bono basis.
[ 7 ] AIRLINE PILOTS PREPARING TO CHALLENGE
F.A.A. AGE RULE
Some of the clients I’ve assisted have won legal battles against
an array of local, state and federal entities – including judgments
against multi-billion-dollar U.S. government agencies. The main case
I’m working on now will challenge an obsolete Federal Aviation
Administration rule that forbids airline pilots from flying beyond age
59. As the attorney for the Professional Pilots Federation, I’m
getting ready to file a petition opposing the FAA’s arbitrary
enforcement of that rule. Pilots should be subject to fitness standards,
not age discrimination. Statistics show that the older pilots are safer.
When there’s an emergency in the air, you’ll want an experienced
captain in command.
[ 8 ] OUTSTANDING SONS ARE ALSO OUTSTANDING
My son, Tony Bothwell, Jr., systems administrator for Allen Matkins
Leck Gamble & Mallory LLP, was quotable in Computerworld. His Los
Angeles-based firm’s 250 attorneys get secure network access from
libraries, courts and even competitors’ offices (without having
to carry a laptop), Tony explained in a Jan. 21 article by Deborah Radcliff.
My second son, Tommy Bothwell, doing systems work for a large HMO, also
is systems administrator for my San Francisco-based solo law practice.
Most recently, Tommy taught me how to email my photo to the UN so I
could get through security a little faster on my recent visit there.
Tony and Tommy both are very fine young men. Chung and I are so proud
[ 9 ] TONY BOTHWELL, Esquire.
The State Bar of California; Bar of the U.S. District Court (N. Calif.);
American Bar Association; International Bar Association (London). Georgetown
University School of Foreign Service, BSFS; Boston University School
of Public Communication, MS; John F. Kennedy University School of Law,
JD; Golden Gate University School of Law, LLM summa cum laude. Who’s
Who in America (2002).
Principal Areas of Practice: Civil rights,
civil liberties, whistleblower protection, immigration, asylum, international
human rights, international trade, income tax, and personal-injury claim.
Contact: Anthony P.X. Bothwell Sr., Attorney
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