former Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California

Stephen Rohde is a constitutional lawyer, lecturer, writer and political activist. He is the Chair Emeritus of Bend the Arc, previously the Chair of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, a founder and current Vice-Chair of Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Chair of Death Penalty Focus. He is a past president of the Beverly Hills Bar Association.

Mr. Rohde is the author of "American Words of Freedom," which explores the origins, history and meaning of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. His most recent book is "Freedom of Assembly," which is part of the American Rights Series. He is also co-author of "Foundations of Freedom," published by the Constitutional Rights Foundation and has written numerous articles and book reviews on civil liberties and constitutional history.

Mr. Rohde received his B.A. degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. He practices law in Los Angeles specializing in civil and appellate litigation and constitutional and civil rights law.