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Lawrence J. Gist II
Attorney at Law
4105 Exultant Drive
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
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Lawrence J. Gist II is a dedicated pro bono attorney and counselor at law, adjunct professor of legal studies at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA, a member of the board of directors of the Institute of Indigenous Knowledges, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
* Harvard University - International Humanitarian Law (current student);
* Gonzaga University - Doctor of Jurisprudence (cum laude); and
* Holy Names College - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religious Studies.
Lawrence Gist, informally known as "Lance Gist," uses his 20 years of combined legal and political experience to provide free legal assistance in the areas of:
* International Humanitarian Law,
* International Human Rights Law,
* Federal Civil Rights Law,
* Federal/State Due Process Administrative Law,
* Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy, and
* Legislative and Public Policy Advocacy.
Pro Bono Honor Roll, American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law, American Jurisprudence Award in Conflicts of Law, Best Professor of the Year.
American Bar Association, National Lawyers Guild, Federal Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Washington DC Bar (Practice No. 433665), Lambda Cooperating Attorney Network, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and Veterans for Peace.
SHARE Thursday, July 23, 2009 Global Arms Dealers Prepare for Orgy of Blood Money Spending
In what is described as an "Unprecedented Gathering of Renowned Soldier Modernization Program Managers and Researchers at Soldier Modernization Middle East 2009," arms dealers are preparing their weapons of death and destruction for sale to almost anyone with the funds to acquire their goods.
SHARE Wednesday, July 22, 2009 Gay and Lesbian Couples Impacted by U.S. Tax Court Holding on Joint Filing
Gay rights activist, author and artist Charles Merrill was denied joint filing status by the United States Tax Court. The court's holding requires Merrill pay the federal government nearly a million dollars for not paying taxes in 2004 and 2005, a time during which he and his partner were publicly committed and residing in North Carolina.
SHARE Saturday, July 18, 2009 NAACP Centennial Convention Address by President Obama
Last evening in New York, President Obama gave the keynote address to the NAACP's Centennial Convention. The President's speech, while the ink has yet to have time to dry, is viewed by many on both the political left and right, as being one of the most important addresses in our nation's history.
SHARE Friday, July 17, 2009 Bill to Create Statue of "The Unknown Slave" in Washington, DC
In an effort to honor the slaves who helped build the United States Capitol, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) introduced legislation this week that would create and permanently display a statue of "The Unknown Slave" in Emancipation Hall, the main area of Congress' new Capitol Visitor's Center.
SHARE Wednesday, July 15, 2009 Demanding an End to Fed Secrecy
Stepping up a campaign for Federal Reserve accountability, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today questioned whether some of more than $2.2 trillion in secret subsidies went to Goldman Sachs and other bailed-out banks now planning to shower executives with huge bonuses.
SHARE Tuesday, July 7, 2009 Myanmar Must Embrace Human Rights
Myanmar's future must be rooted in respect for human rights, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, voicing his deep disappointment that the South-East Asian nation's Government refused his request to meet with Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
SHARE Tuesday, July 7, 2009 Israel Refuses to Cooperate in Gaza War Crimes Probe
In a new report published by Amnesty International on July 2, 2009, under the title: "Operation 'Cast Lead': 22 Days of Death and Destruction,"Amnesty International provides the first comprehensive report to be published on the conflict, which took place earlier this year, in which Israeli forces killed hundreds of unarmed Palestinian civilians and destroyed thousands of homes in Gaza.
SHARE Monday, July 6, 2009 Combating Violations of Human Rights One Cup at a Time
Storyville made the radical decision to give away everything earned during the month of May - not just profits, but every penny from every sale - to International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency that rescues victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of oppression.
SHARE Saturday, July 4, 2009 Honduras Coup Condemned by Human Rights Experts
Calling for the immediate restoring of democracy in Honduras and the lifting of curbs on fundamental freedoms, today four independent United Nations human rights experts voiced serious concern over the situation in Honduras following last weekend's coup d'Útat.
SHARE Saturday, July 4, 2009 International Human Rights Committee Elects Rep. Aderholt (R-AL) to Serve as Vice-Chair
Congressperson Robert B. Aderholt (R-AL) was elected Vice-Chair of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions. Rep. Aderholt's voting record is generally conservative and concerns are being raised that his ideological basis will be in conflict with a more progressive agenda advocated by many within the human rights community.