News from the Law Offices
of Anthony P. X. Bothwell
350 Bay Street, Suite 100 PMB314, San Francisco, CA 94133-1966 Tel.
October 7, 2003 Vol. V / No. 3 firstname.lastname@example.org
TREATIES IN WORLD COURT?
Attorney Anthony P. X. (Tony) Bothwell departs Washington, D.C. today
bound for the International Court of Justice at The Hague, seeking answers
for Native American Indian nations whose treaties have long been broken
by an indifferent U.S. government. The San Francisco-based lawyer said
he will press questions on behalf of indigenous peoples during American
Bar Association meetings in the Netherlands home of the United Nations
world court. The author of a widely-quoted study of American Indians’
rights under international law, Bothwell said the time has come for
“new thinking” about ways of seeking remedies for long-standing
treaty violations. Acting as chairperson of the National Lawyers Guild
committee on Native American affairs, he outlined new legal arguments
in favor of Indian tribes that were established as nations according
to international law before the United States was founded.
UNPREPARED FOR MOUSSAOUI ISSUE
William Howard Taft IV, the legal advisor to Secretary of State Colin
L. Powell, was unable to defend the Bush Administration’s threat
to transfer a civilian criminal defendant to a military tribunal, when
asked about it during the International Bar Association’s 2003
meeting in San Francisco. The law of war and military jurisdiction arguably
apply to Zacharias Mousaoui if the 9/11 terror was an act of war, but
civilian law governs if the attacks were a monstrous crime in peacetime.
Tony Bothwell, who recently taught courses on the law of war and terrorism
at John F. Kennedy School of Law, interviewed Taft on Sept. 18 regarding
the “anomaly” where the government arbitrarily switches
an accused person between civilian and military venues. Taft said he
had not thought about the constitutional and international law problems
that would arise if Mousaoui is moved from U.S. District Court to a
military commission. “Foreign leaders who thought America was
founded on the rule of law might ask,” Bothwell said.
CAMP SURVIVOR: WHY LAW MATTERS
“What difference does it make if a few political extremists are
denied their rights?” That’s the question a conscience-stricken
ex-judge, played by Burt Lancaster in the fact-based film Judgment at
Nuremberg, said Germans asked early in the Third Reich. It made a difference
to a veteran Spanish dissident who befriended Tony Bothwell at the gate
of Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria last May. The Spaniard was
a survivor of the camp where tens of thousands of political prisoners
were murdered during the reign of Hitler. Walking through the camp on
a sunny day, Bothwell began to notice the smell of soot, then looked
up and saw that he was approaching the chamber of horrors where countless
innocents died. “You must believe I never knew it would come to
that,” the judge played by Lancaster pleaded. An American jurist
played by Spencer Tracy replied, “It came to that the first time
you made a ruling you knew to be unjust.”
ARMS LAB: CHANGE OF HEART?
After a series of well-publicized scandals, University of California
officials know they are in danger of losing the contract to manage Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory, a money tree for UC’s pension fund.
The nuclear weapons lab has a long history of stonewalling plaintiffs
in retaliation and discrimination cases. Jahna Berry, in a column in
the The Recorder, a San Fransisco legal newspaper, suggested that Attorney
Tony Bothwell is uniquely qualified to do battle against the the UC
facility as a “vocal critic” who was once the lab’s
director of public affairs and later represented various lab whistleblowers.
Berry noted that he took on “an informal advising role”
in the case of Michelle Doggett, a lab whistleblower (who went on to
win a $990,000 settlement announced Sept. 12.) Doggett, a lab resource
manager, lost her job after she complained about misuse of federal funds.
Berry’s Feb. 11 column quoted Attorney Jan Nielsen as saying,
“Bothwell's lab experience is valuable. Bureaucratic agencies
have a mentality that he is familiar with.”
ENHANCED BY ADVANCED TRAINING
State Bar rules require all attorneys to attend mandatory continuing
legal education (MCLE) training sessions to hone their skills by learning
from the experience of leaders in the profession. Attorney Tony Bothwell
regularly earns far more MCLE credits than required by the rules. This
year he attended training sessions for credit in the annual meetings
of the State Bar of California, the American Bar Association and the
London-based International Bar Association. These educational seminars
covered subjects ranging from airline labor law to the effective use
of neurological and psychiatric expert testimony.
Anthony P. X. (Tony)
Member: The State Bar of California, Bar of the U.S. District Court
for the Northern District of California, Bar of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit; National Lawyers Guild, American
Bar Assn., International Bar Assn.; U.S. Holocaust Museum, Chinese for
Affirmative Action, Southern Poverty Law Center. Georgetown Univ. School
of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S.; Boston Univ. School of Public Communication,
M.S.; John F. Kennedy Univ. School of Law, J.D.; Golden Gate Univ. School
of Law, LL.M. summa cum laude. Professor of Law, John F. Kennedy Univ.
School of Law. Current listings include: Who’s Who in the Law,
Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World. Descendant
of John P. Dreibelbis, Captain, Continental Army, commanded by Gen.