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Michael D. Ratner

Michael D. Ratner, lawyer. Bar: New York 1971, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1983. Member National Lawyers Guild (president 1982-1983).

Background

  • Ratner, Michael D. was born on June 13, 1943. Son of Harry and Anne (Spott) Ratner.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Brandeis University, 1966. Juris Doctor magna cum laude, Columbia University, 1971.

    Career

    • Law clerk United States District Court (southern district), New York City, 1971-1972. Professor New York University Law School, 1973-1974. Attorney Center for Constitutional Rights, 1978-1985, legal director, 1985-1990, president, since 2002.

      Adjunct professor Yale Law School, New Haven, 1990—1995, lecturer, 2000. Special counsel for human rights Government of Haiti, 1996. Lecturer Columbia Law School, New York City, since 1999.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New York 1971, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1983.

    Works

    • The Trial of Donald Rumsfeld: A Prosecution by Book
    • The Case Against Donald Rumsfeld lays out the evidence that high–level officials of the Bush administration ordered, authorized, implemented, and permitted war crimes, in particular the crimes of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.
    • Guantanamo: What the World Should Know
    • In the months following its initial release, Guantánamo: What the World Should Know has proved to be a disturbingly accurate account of the Bush administration's tangle with civil liberties and torture.

    Membership

    Member National Lawyers Guild (president 1982-1983).

    Connections

    • father: Harry Ratner
    • mother: Anne (Spott) Ratner
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    Born June 13, 1943
    (age 74)