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Friday, August 19, 2011

Cuban People Mourn Death of Former NLG President Debra Evenson

Havana, Aug 19. -  Debra Evenson, former President of the National Lawyers Guild and long-time friend of Cuba, passed away on Wednesday in Chicago, United States, surrounded by friends and family.
Evenson who was president of the NLG from 1988 to 1991 was one of the foremost authorities on the legal system and institutions of Cuba.

US Attorney Michael Krinsky said that Debra was an important figure to the National Lawyers Guild´s legal defense of Cuban sovereignty.

According to the NLG´s press release “Evenson was part of the generation of young lawyers and law students that revived the institution in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, combining political passion to combat injustice and exploitation with outstanding legal skills.”

Debra Evenson was co founder and executive director of the Center for Inter-American Legal Education, a US non-profit foundation dedicated to educational exchanges between US lawyers and legal scholars with their counterparts in Latin America.

She taught a course on the Cuban legal system at Rutgers University Law School-Camden for the last three years.  She was also Associate Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law from 1980 to 1992 where she taught Intellectual Property and Comparative International Law.

Debra Evenson was a strong collaborator with the Cuban Jurists Association (UNJC) and helped prepare exchanges between US and Cuban attorneys.

The Cuban people will miss their beloved friend who dedicated her life to social justice and the island’s right to self determination, sovereignty and independence.

The National Lawyers Guild, founded in 1937, is the oldest and largest bar association in the United States. Its headquarters are in New Yorkand it has chapters in every state., (Taken from Radio Habana Cuba)