- 1 Early Life & Education
- 2 Working at DePaul University
- 3 Supporting the Cuban Revolution
- 4 College Professors for Washington
- 5 National Lawyers Guild
- 6 Tribute to Golub and Montgomery
- 7 Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Celebration
- 8 Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman
- 9 The MacArthur Foundation
- 10 Latin American Institute for Alternative Legal Services
- 11 Cuban healthcare
- 12 Working at Rutgers University
- 13 "Support Bill Ayers"
- 14 Publications
- 15 Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center
- 16 References
Debra Evenson is a socialist-sympathizing lawyer who has been charting Communist-led Cuba's efforts to build a Soviet-modeled socialist legal system since as early as 1982. She is considered one of the United States's leading experts on the Cuban legal system. Evenson has stated that the problem facing the survival of a society is finding a way to make the ultimate goal "social betterment and not individual betterment."
Early Life & Education
Working at DePaul University
Supporting the Cuban Revolution
Evenson has been termed a "critical supporter of the Cuban revolution,". She has stated that she sees one of the world's last Communist societies not as a model of egalitarian success or as a repressive failure, but as something more complicated, as rich and complex as the island's own history. Evenson made her first trip to Cuba in 1982, shortly after joining DePaul University's law faculty.
College Professors for Washington
National Lawyers Guild
Tribute to Golub and Montgomery
ON November 16, 1989, Debra Evenson served on the Tribute Committee for the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Tribute to Leon Golub and Lucy Montgomery, held at the Congress Hotel, Chicago.
Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Celebration
Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman
In 1992 Evenson began working as counsel for the law firm Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman. In this capacity she represents the Cuban government in U.S. lawsuits, largely based around trade issues.
The MacArthur Foundation
In 1993 Evenson was awarded the MacArthur Genius Grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her work on the legal profession in Cuba. The MacArthur Fellowship is a "no strings attached" award in support of people, not projects. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $500,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.
Latin American Institute for Alternative Legal Services
From 1996 - 2001, Evenson served as the president of the Latin American Institute for Legal Services, a Bogota, Columbia-based project aimed at providing legal services, particularly to the poor. During her tenure as president, ILSA organized conferences related to legal services and human rights in Latin America, Asia and Africa and expanded its collaboration with human rights lawyers in Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean.
On April 24 2007 at the School of The Art Institute Auditorium, Chicago, Dr. Peter Orris of Stroger Hospital, activist Mildred Williamson and author Debra Evenson held a discussion following the screening of "Salud" a documentary exploring Cuba’s healthcare system & global initiatives
Working at Rutgers University
From 2007 - 2010, Evenson has taught a course at Rutgers University Law School (Camden) on the Cuban Legal System.
"Support Bill Ayers"
In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.
In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.
- We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
- We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.
Debra Evenson signed the statement.
- Changing Role of Law in Revolutionary Cuba, Institute for Legal Studies, Working Paper Series, 1989, also published in CUBA IN THE 1990'S: TRANSFORMATION AND STRUGGLE (Sandor Halebsky and John Kirk, eds., Praeger, 1990, and in DROIT ET SOCIETÉ, 1992
- Revolution in the Balance: Law and Contemporary Society in Cuba, 1994
- American University law expert Philip Brenner stated the book offered "a penetrating analysis of how law and society intersect in a revolutionary setting." Felix Masud-Piloto, a fellow DePaul University professor, praised it as a "useful and balanced overview" of Cuba's legal system. Juan Mendoza Diaz, a vice dean in the University of Havana law school, where Evenson has taught classes on the U.S. judicial system and constitutional law, calls her book "a must read for anyone who wants to understand the evolution of law in Cuba over the last 40 years" and praises her "profound" vision.
- Relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Cuba: la administración Clinton algún cambio o más de los mismo? in LA ADMINISTRACIÓN CLINTON (Barbara A. Driscoll and Mónica Verea, eds., Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 1995
- Law and Society in Contemporary Cuba, Kluwer Law International, 2003
- Workers in Cuba: Unions and Labor Relations, Institute of Employment Rights, 2003, also published by the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, 2001
- Cubana de Acero: Structure and Dynamics of a Cuban Factory, OD Practitioner, Vol. 38, No. 4, Fall 2006
Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center
- Chicago Tribune: From DePaul to Havana, lawyer charts Cuba's legal reawakening, Feb. 28, 2002 (accessed on Nov. 10, 2010)
- RBSKL: Debra Evenson, Jan. 30, 2010 (accessed on Nov. 10, 2010)
- Committee to Elect Harold Washington Camp Leaflet, 1982
- YouTube: Talk - What Difference Does a Revolution Make in a Global Economic Meltdown?, Oct. 16, 2009 (accessed on Nov. 10, 2010)
- Tribute to Golub and Montgomery: Program, Nov. 16, 1989
- Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Celebration Program, Nov. 10, 1991
- MacArthur Foundation: About the MacArthur Fellows Program (accessed on Nov. 10, 2010)
- Email: CHICAGO EVENTS CALENDAR APR 19 MAY 7, April 19, 2007 (accessed on Nov. 10, 2010)
- Liberal Education website: Bill Ayers supporters
- Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center website: Board (accessed on Jan. 27, 2011)