Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Retired Judge Bruce Einhorn Joins Alternative Resolution Centers
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Retired Immigration Judge Bruce Einhorn has joined Alternative Resolution Centers as an arbitrator and mediator, the firm said yesterday.
Einhorn was an immigration judge from 1990 to 2007, prior to which he was an attorney at the Justice Department. He became internationally known there during his 11-year stint as chief litigator for the Office of Special Investigations, which identified war criminals of the Word War II era and sought to deport them.
ARC President Amy Newman said Einhorn would concentrate on matters involving civil rights, complex litigation, business law, fee disputes, entertainment,
employment, medical and legal malpractice, products liability, and Title IX, which deals with discrimination by educational institutions.
“Judge Bruce Einhorn is a brilliant man who strives for excellence and achieves success in all of his endeavors,” Newman said in a statement. “He is very well-known, exceptionally accomplished, and his wealth of experience as a judge, litigator and negotiator speaks for itself. It’s the perfect recipe for success as a private neutral.”
Einhorn said in a release:
“I am privileged and excited to join forces with ARC and my colleagues in the legal community to apply alternative dispute resolution to 21st Century challenges. The more we can fairly and efficiently resolve matters outside our courtrooms, the more we can advance the quality of life for people and businesses.”
Einhorn’s best-known case as an IJ was that of the “L.A. 8”— seven Palestinians and the Kenyan wife of one of the seven, who were arrested in January 1987 and accused of involvement with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a faction within the Palestine Liberation Organization.
They did not dispute allegations that the PFLP was involved in terrorist activities between 1984 and 1986, but said their support for Palestinian causes was political and humanitarian only and that they did nothing to further terrorism.
The case came to an end in October when the last two of those charged reached an agreement with the government, giving up their right to apply for citizenship for at least three years and rendering moot Einhorn’s orders finding the government guilty of misconduct warranting dismissal, in exchange for which the government dismissed all charges and agreed not to seek removal of either of the men in the future based on any of their political activities or associations.
The litigation had tested the extent to which aliens residing in the Unites States may exercise the rights of U.S. citizens. In ordering dismissal, Einhorn said the government had repeatedly failed to comply with discovery orders, and that “[t]he attenuation of these proceedings is a festering wound on the body of these respondents and an embarrassment to the rule of law.”
Einhorn is also known for his leadership and activism in the Anti-Defamation League, his teaching at Pepperdine University School of Law—where he was awarded the David McKibben Excellence in Teaching Award as outstanding adjunct faculty members, and his work as a Hollywood scriptwriter and consultant on movies and television shows.
He was largely the basis for the character of the OSI prosecutor in the motion picture The Music Box, starring Jessica Lange, and served as a senior advisor to Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.
He has also been honored by the State Bar of California, the Bah’ai community in Southern California; the Arab American and Iran-American bar associations, and the Israeli government.
Einhorn is a frequent lecturer and legal education seminar leader for national and international organizations on the topics of immigration law and reform and health care law and medical malpractice. He is the author of articles and op-ed pieces on human rights and related topics.
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