and all of the other honorees for their work in advancing liberation struggles here and abroad. From defending the Attica Brothers all the way to Rasmea Odeh, your decades of hard work for justice both in and out of the courts are an inspiration!
Ernie Goodman Award: Michael Deutsch
Michael Deutsch has been a lawyer with the People’s Law Office and a Guild member since 1970. From 1991-1996 he was the Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Michael’s legal career has been devoted to the representation of political activists and political prisoners. He has represented the rebelling Attica Prisoners, Black Panthers, Black prisoners facing the death penalty, and Puerto Rican Independentistas charged in U.S. courts. He was part of the legal team that challenged the first use of high security “control units” at the Marion federal prison for men and Lexington prison for women. More recently, he has represented Palestinian community leaders in Chicago targeted by the FBI including Muhammad Salah and Rasmea Odeh. Michael Deutsch has written and lectured extensively on prisons, international human rights, and political repression.