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Marjorie Cohn '75

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An international law course motivates this law alumna to work for human rights on a global level.

Marjorie Cohn is a criminal defense attorney and an expert on international human rights. She says the education she received at Santa Clara's School of Law solidified her commitment to work in peace and justice.

"I went to law school to help people who were disadvantaged and needed an advocate in their corner," Cohn says.

She travels the world as an advocate for victims of governmental abuses and legal transgressions; she's written about military dissenters, the legal missteps of the George W. Bush administration, and television in courtrooms. She says it "warms her heart" when she's on campus to hear so many SCU law students talking about social justice.

"While I was at Santa Clara, I took an international law class that opened my eyes to the importance of human rights law, and advanced criminal procedure courses that made me aware of inequalities in the criminal justice system," she says.

Cohn is the author of a number of books, most recently (with Kathleen Gilberd) of Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent, about dissenters during the Vietnam War and in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

She teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence, and international human rights law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.

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