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Just guess who will be addressing the University of Baltimore’s School of Law from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. on April 12.

This university’s schedule, a copy of which was sent to me by a WCBM radio listener, reveals the answer: Bernardine Dohrn.

Dohrn is identified in this conference’s schedule only as:

“Bernardine Dohrn, clinical associate professor of law and immediate past director/founder, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern University Law School.”

Ah, but there is so very much more in the background of this woman, which raises the serious question:

Why would any law school ever invite as a guest speaker anyone who, with her husband, did so much to denounce and defy the law?

Wikipedia encyclopedia notes the following about Bernardine Dohrn:

  • “A former leader of the American anti-Vietnam War radical organization Weather Underground, she is married to Bill Ayers, a co-founder of the Weather Underground.”

  • In July 1969, Dohrn and 10 other members of the Students for a Democratic Society issued a 16,000-word manifesto, which asserted that African-Americans were a “black colony” with “a U.S. government that was doomed to overextend itself.”
  • Dohrn was quoted as saying: “The best thing that we can be doing for ourselves, as well as the Black Panthers and the black liberation struggle, is to build a f—ing white revolutionary movement.”
  • On June 14, 1968, Dohrn declared: “I consider myself a revolutionary communist.”
  • “In May 1970, Dohrn recorded and sent a transcript of a tape recording to the New York Times; the statement was a ‘declaration of a state of war’ on behalf of the Weathermen. On Oct 14, 1970, Bernardine Rae Dohrn was added to the Federal Bureau of Investigation list of the 10 most wanted fugitives. Bernardine Dohrn had several aliases, which included Bernardine Rae Orhnstein, H.T. Smith, and Marion Delgado.”
  • “The group organized the October 1969 Days of Rage riot in Chicago, which Dorn led. During the 1970s, the Weathermen bombed federal buildings and police stations. Prior to the March 6, 1970, Greenwich Village townhouse explosion in which three members of the group were killed as a bomb was being constructed. All members of Weathermen went underground. The group then changed its name to Weather Underground. Dohrn went underground in early 1970, engaging in bombing activities.”
  • “Dohrn was a principle signatory on the group’s ‘Declaration of a State of War’ in 1970 that formally declared ‘war’ on the U.S. government and completed the group’s transformation from political advocacy to violent action. While on the run from police, Dohrn married another Weathermen leader, Bill Ayers, with whom she has two children. During the last years of their underground life, Dohrn and Ayers resided in Chicago, where they used the aliases Christine Louise Douglas and Anthony Jay Lee. … The couple turned themselves in to authorities in 1980. While some charges relating to their activities with the Weathermen were dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct, Dohrn pled guilty to charges of aggravated battery and bail jumping, receiving probation. … After refusing to testify against ex-Weatherman Susan Rosenberg in an armed robbery case, she later served less than a year of jail time. Shortly after turning themselves in, Dohrn and Ayers became legal guardians of Chesa Boudin, the son of former members of the Weather Underground, Cathy Boudin and David Gilbert, after the couple were convicted of murder for their roles in a 1981 armed robbery.”
  • “From 1984 to 1988, Dohrn was employed by the prestigious law firm, Sidley Austin. She was hired by Howard Trienens, the head of the firm at that time who knew Thomas Ayers, the father of Dohrn’s husband. ‘We often hire friends,’ Trienens told a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. … She also passed the Illinois bar but was turned down by the Illinois ethics committee because of her criminal record. In 1991, she was hired by Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago as an adjunct professor of law with the title ‘clinical associate professor of law.’”
  • “Because Dohrn was hired as an adjunct (a temporary assignment), her appointment did not need to be approved by the faculty. When law school officials were asked whether the dean hired Dohrn or the board of trustees approved the hiring, the school issued a statement in response, stating, ‘While many would take issue with news Ms. Dohrn espoused during the 1960s, her career at the law school is an example of a person’s ability to make a difference in the legal system.’ … In 1994, Dohrn said of her political beliefs: ‘I still see myself as a radical.’”
  • In 2008, Dohrn and Ayers resurfaced in the news headlines as presidential candidate John McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, publicly denounced alleged ties between Ayers and then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. On Nov. 4, 2010, Dohrn was interviewed by News Click India about the “right” in the U.S. She said: “It’s racist. It’s armed. It’s hostile. It’s unspeakable.” Referring to the Restoring Honor rally, which was promoted by Glenn Beck and held on Aug. 28, 2010, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., “You have white people armed demanding the end to the Obama presidency.” She also stated, “The real terrorist is the American government, state terrorism unleashed against the world.”

Once again, all trustees, faculty and student body at the University of Baltimore Law School need to be asked:

“Why would any law school ever invite as a guest speaker anyone who, with her husband, William Ayers, did so much to denounce and defy the law?”

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