Eduardo Capulong

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Overview

  • Director of Public Interest and Public Policy Programs at Stanford Law School
  • Member of the International Socialist Organization
  • Invited terrorist-supporting attorney Lynne Stewart to serve a two-day stint as a “Public Interest Mentor” for students at Stanford Law

Eduardo Capulong holds a a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from New York University and a law degree from the City University of New York (1991). After completing his education, he practiced law in the fields of civil rights, poverty, immigration, and labor. He also worked as a litigator, policy analyst, and community organizer for a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights, the Community Service Society, the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, the Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association, and the Public Interest Law Center (Manila, Philippines). In addition, Capulong served a stint as the Karpatkin Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union.

He currently works as a law professor at the University of Montana, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Education. He also directs the in-house Mediation Clinic and supervises students in external civil clinics. Among the courses he teaches are: Lawyering Fundamentals: Theory & Practice; Advanced Mediation; Mediation Advocacy; Law and Social Justice; and Race, Racism, and American Law.

Before joining the Montana faculty, Capulong held positions as Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law, and as Director of Public Interest and Public Policy Programs at Stanford Law School.

In addition to his teaching duties, Capulong — a member of the state bars in New York, New Jersey, and Montana — is employed as counsel to the Manila-based Public Interest Law Center. He currently sits on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union‘s Helena, Montana chapter. He has also served on the boards of the Society of American Law Teachers, the National Lawyers Guild (where he has been a member since 1989), the International Endowment for Democracy, the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Moreover, Professor Capulong is a past co-chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education.

Capulong has worked as a litigator, policy analyst and community organizer for a host of nonprofits, including the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights, the Community Service Society, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, and the Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association. He was a co-convener for the San Francisco-based Immigrant Airport Workers Solidarity Committee from 2002-04. In 1992-1993 he was a member of the New York-based Guantanamo Bay Litigation Team, where he assisted in litigation seeking the release of Haitian refugees held by the U.S. in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Capulong is a member of the International Socialist Organization and has contributed numerous writings to Socialist Worker Online (SWO). In one letter which he wrote to that publication, he referred to capitalism as an “inhuman” economic system. In a 2002 SWO article, Capulong condemned “U.S. imperialism” and the Bush administration’s alleged pursuit of “endless war.”

In his writing, Capulong places sneer quotes around the term “war on terror,” signifying his belief that it is a phony endeavor founded on fraudulent premises and hidden agendas. He warns that “the equation of terrorism with Muslims, Arabs, political dissidents, and others is a prelude to the sweeping abrogation of civil rights in the U.S.”

In November 2002, Capulong invited radical attorney Lynne Stewart to serve a two-day stint as a “Public Interest Mentor” for students at Stanford Law, where Capulong was then teaching.

 

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