C. Peter Erlinder

Professor of Law

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peter.erlinder @wmitchell.edu

Phone: 651-290-6384
Fax: 651-290-6406
Office: Rm 326

Biography | Bibliography

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B.S., 1970, Bradley University
J.D., 1979, Chicago-Kent College of Law


William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 1986-; associate professor of law, 1984-86; assistant professor of law, 1982-84.

Chicago-Kent Legal Services Center: clinical attorney, 1981-82; graduate fellow and staff attorney, 1980-81.

Bigelow teaching fellow and lecturer, University of Chicago, 1979-80.

Clerk, General Law Division, Attorney General of Illinois, Chicago, 1978-79.

Admitted: Illinois, 1979.

Professional Focus

Professor Erlinder is a frequent litigator or consultant, often pro bono, in cases involving the death penalty, civil rights, claims of government and police misconduct, and criminal defense of political activists. He is also a frequent news commentator.

Leadership & Service

National president, National Lawyers Guild, 1993–97. Current member, National Lawyers Guild Steering Committee.  Member, National Lawyers Guild Foundation Board. Founding board member, National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom, Washington, DC. Member, National Conference of Bill of Rights Defense Committees Steering Committee, Washington, DC. Founding member, Minnesota Bill of Rights Defense Coalition. Member, Minnesota Alliance for Progressive Action Board. Defense Attorney at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 2003-.