August 21, 1980 |
New York, New York
|Education||University of Chicago Laboratory Schools,
Yale University (B.A. History, 2002),
Yale Law School (2011)
|Occupation||Lawyer, writer, lecturer|
|Parents||Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert|
Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn
Chesa Boudin (born 21 August 1980) is an American lawyer, writer, and lecturer specializing in the U.S. criminal justice system and Latin American policy.
Early life and family history
When Boudin was 14 months old, his parents were arrested for three murders associated with the Brink's robbery of 1981 in Rockland County, New York.
His mother was sentenced to 20 years to life and his father to 75 years to life for the felony murders of two police officers and a security guard. After his parents were incarcerated, Boudin was raised by "adoptive parents" Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
Kathy Boudin was released under parole supervision in 2003.
Boudin descends from a long left-wing lineage. His great-great-uncle, Louis B. Boudin, was a Marxist theoretician and author of a two-volume history of the Supreme Court's influence on American government, and his grandfather, Leonard Boudin, was an attorney who represented controversial clients such as Fidel Castro and Paul Robeson. Boudin is also related to Michael Boudin, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and I.F. Stone, an independent journalist.
Boudin graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. In 2002, he graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History. He spent his junior year abroad at the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile funded by a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship.
Boudin went to Oxford University on a 2002 Rhodes Scholarship.  At Oxford, he earned two master's degrees, one in Forced Migration and the other in Public Policy in Latin America. He graduated from Yale Law School in 2011.
|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2013)|
After law school, Boudin clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown. He is a 2012-2013 Liman Fellow at the San Francisco Public Defender.
He lectures in English and Spanish internationally on topics including the criminal justice system, impact of parental incarceration, and Latin American politics. He has contributed to The Nation magazine and other periodicals.
Boudin translated Understanding the Bolivarian Revolution: Hugo Chavez Speaks with Marta Harnecker into English (Monthly Review Press, 2005), co-edited Letters From Young Activists: Today's Young Rebels Speak Out, (Nation Books, 2005), and co-wrote The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions – 100 Answers (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006). His latest book, Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America, was released in April 2009 from Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. The book received largely negative reviews in several national papers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The Times wrote that Boudin's "prose sounds more than anything like a college admissions essay" that "belongs in a yoga magazine, not between hard covers." The Post called the book a "mind-numbing rant" with "nothing passionate, incandescent or even remotely revelatory." According to the review, the "typically uninspired" book "reveals a remarkable lack of sophistication, both as an argument against free-market imperialism and as a work of travel journalism."
More recently, he authored a range of scholarly articles published in law journals such as the Yale Law Journal, on disclosure in elections under the First Amendment, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology on the rights of children with incarcerated parents, Harvard Latino Law Review on immigrant labor organizing, and others.
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- Evans, Colin (2002). "Weatherman Brinks Trials: 1983.". Great American Trials. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
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- "The Company You Keep: The Weather Underground". Sony Classics. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
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- "American Radical: The Life and Times of I.F. Stone". Democracy Now!. June 18, 2009. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013. "...by his brother-in-law Leonard Boudin, who forced the State Department..."
- Grotto, Jason (May 2010). "Road Scholar". The Rotarian. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- "Liman Fellows 2012-13". Yale Law School. 2012-2013. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- San Francisco Public Defender
- The Nation author bios
- Monthly Review Press
- The Nation Books
- Amazon.com listing
- Simon and Schuster listing
- New York Times' review
- Washington Post review
- San Francisco Chronicle Review
- Publius and the Petition
- Children of Incarcerated Parents
- Harvard Latino Law Review
- Strategic Options for Development of a Worker Center
- Adult Consensual Sex Work in South Africa
- Institutional Design and International Electoral Observers
- Prison Visitation Policies: A Fifty State Survey
- CNN Paula Zahn transcript
- Evans, Colin. "Weatherman Brinks Trials: 1983." Great American Trials. 2002. Retrieved June 19, 2013 from Encyclopedia.com.
- Gringo: A Coming-of-Age in Latin America, by Chesa Boudin A Review by Richard Gonzales, San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2009
- Malkin, Michelle. (2002, December 11). No tears for dead cops. Retrieved June 20, 2013 from Jewish World Review.