Arthur Kinoy

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Arthur Kinoy

Arthur Kinoy was a leftist lawyer and stalwart of the National Lawyers Guild. In a legal career that spanned about 60-70 years, Kinoy was one of the Communist Party's top legal protectors and protector of its members before governmental bodies, especially the House Committee on Un-American Activities. He was instrumental in the Rosenberg case/appeal, in leading the attacks on the FBI, HCUA and other governmental investigative bodies, and later in life, in attempting to create a new marxist party out of the Mass Party Organizing Committee and then the National Committee for Independent Political ActionNCIPA[1]. Kinoy was elected to the National Committee of the Peoples Alliance as cited in ID and as a Vice-Chairman of NCIPA[2]

Kinoy was a legal representative for the communist "united front" The New Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam[3], and was described on p. 8 as a member of the "communist-controlled Emergency Civil Liberties Committee and by the Law Center for Constitutional Rights , the latter eventually renamed as the Center for Constitutional Rights . One of his law partners and radical colleagues was William Kunstler, also a member of the ECLC and the National Lawyers Guild (p. 8)

Among Kinoy's writings on the role of the radical lawyer was an article included in the book Radical Lawyers: Their Role in the Movement and in the Courts, editor Jonathan Black, Avon Books1971, "The Crisis in American Legal Education".

Secret communist

One group of secret Communists in the United States was led by Arthur Kinoy, a radical lawyer who ended his long career as a distinguished professor at Rutgers Law School, and included Dr. Jeremiah Stamler, a pioneering cardiologist at Northwestern Medical School, whose lawsuit marked one of the first successful challenges to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). And Stanley Levison, a key aide and supporter of Martin Luther King, Jr.. [4]

Center for Constitutional Rights

The Center for Constitutional Rights (originally "Law Center for Constitutional Rights") was founded in November 1966 by attorneys Morton Stavis, Arthur Kinoy, Ben Smith and William Kunstler, whose legal work representing civil rights activists in Mississippi convinced them of the need for a privately funded legal center to undertake innovative, impact litigation on behalf of popular movements for social justice.

Robert Boehm, who worked with the CCR from its inception, was instrumental in the effort to turn the vision of the founders into a reality. Peter Weiss became part of CCR early in its history and has played an outstanding role, especially in the area of international human rights.

Born out of the early experiences of its founders, CCR develops pro-active legal strategies to address pressing problems and ensure that the basic rights of all citizens are protected under the law. From the beginning, the Centre used innovative impact litigation to move the law forward and facilitate the construction of a more just society.[5]


In March 1979, the New York radical magazine the Guardian issued an emergency appeal to funds in an effort to save the publication.

Over fifty supporters endorsed the appeal including Arthur Kinoy[6]

National Committee for Independent Political Action (NCIPA)

Founded in early 1984, the National Committee for Independent Political Action NCIPA was an attempt to forge a new marxist movement from the remnants of earlier groups, caucuses and "movements". Their stated early goals were "First and foremost is the responsibility we all have to do all we can to defeat Ronald Reagan and the Reaganites in Congress" by "active involvement in and stepping up the work of voter registration and education" [7].

Its initial conference was a zoo of marxists, communists, socialists, left-liberals and unaffiliated radicals, with the prominent speakers being Arthur Kinoy, the founding father of NCIPA, and Dorothy Healey, former leader of the Communist Party of Southern California, who had left the Party over its support of Soviet aggression in Czechoslovakia (1986) and Afghanistan (1979-80).

While it lasted as somewhat functioning organization until the late 80's, it never became the premier marxist organization of that era in the 80's where a great vacuum existed. Other attempts to form marxist parties and organizations continued into the 1990's with such groups as Frontline Magazine, Line of March, and Transactions/Crossroads trying to fill this gap. The rising into prominence re massive anti-defense demonstrations by the once-Trotskyite, later Stalinist Workers World Party WWP, put the final nail in most efforts to create a new marxist vanguard organization.

NCIPA Steering Committee

The Steering Committee for Sept.-Oct. 1984 included:

  • Arthur Kinoy - People's Lawyer, N.J. [8]

NCIPA Co-Chairs

In The Times Founding sponsors

In 1976 founding sponsors of the Institute for Policy Studies/New American Movement linked socialist journal were;

Socialist Scholars Conference

Arthur Kinoy and Frances Fox Piven, Irving Beinin were speakers on the The Left & the '92 Elections: Boycott, Third Party, or the Democrats? panel sponsored by Socialist Dialogue at the Tenth Annual Socialist Scholars Conference. The conference was held April 24-26, 1992 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York City[11]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[12]

Workshops that were held at the conference on Saturday, July 18 included:[13]

Electoral What should be the place of electoral activity on the left's agenda? What would be an effective strategy for this year, the 90s and beyond?

Committees of Correspondence

At the Committees of Correspondence conference, Berkeley California, July 17-19, 1992. Arthur Kinoy, co-chair NCIPA, was a candidate[14] for the CoC National Coordinating Committee-from New York-president National Committee for Independent Political Action.[15]

The following are listed in order of votes they received as members of the Committees of Correspondence National Coordinating Committee, elected at the Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.:[13]

In July 1994 Kinoy (NJ) was elected to the 15 member National Co-ordinating Committee of Committees of Correspondence at CoC's founding conference in Chicago.[16]

In 1997 Arthur Kinoy served on the National Co-Ordinating Committee of the Committees of Correspondence.[17]


In the mid 1990s Kinoy wasa contributing editor to Oakland based Institute for Social and Economic Studies- sponsor of CrossRoads magazine, which sought to promote dialogue and building new alliances among progressives and leftists... and to bring diverse Marxist and socialist traditions to bear while exploring new strategies and directions for the progressive political movements.[18]

Advisory Board Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center

As at Winter, 2008, the following served on the Advisory Board of the Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center:


  1. Peoples Alliance Strategy Conference, November 9-11,1979, as reported in Information Digest December 14, 1979
  2. NCIPA Newsletter Vol. 1, #3, Sept.-Oct. 1984,
  3. New Mobe Staff Study, 1970
  4. The Weekly Standard, Childs at Play The FBI’s Cold War triumph. SEP 5, 2011, VOL. 16, NO. 47 • BY HARVEY KLEHR AND JOHN EARL HAYNES & RONALD RADOSH
  5. H a n s - L i t t e n – P r i z e A w a r d i n g 2 0 0 6 , B e r l i nT o M i c h a e l R a t n e r , N e w Y o r k
  6. Guardian March 2 1979
  7. NCIPA Newsletter, Vol. 1, #3, Sept-Oct. 1984, p. 1
  8. NCIPA Newsletter, Vol. 1, #3, Sept. - Oct. 1984
  9. NCIPA letterhead, May 12, 1989
  10. [1] In These Times home page, accessed March 6, 2010
  11. SSC Tenth Annual Conference Program, 1992
  12. Conference program
  13. 13.0 13.1 Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  14. CoC official ballot paper
  17. CoC Corresponder November 1996/January 1997 Page 2
  18. Crossroads March 1996