Leonard Boudin

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Leonard Boudin

Leonard B. Boudin Esq. of New York, was the father of Kathie Boudin.

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 Leonard Boudin was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.[1]

Pentagon Papers involvement

While defending himself against government charges over the leaked Pentagon papers, Daniel Ellsberg followed the recommendation of the Institute for Policy Studies and others, and hired communist lawyer Leonard Boudin as his legal counsel. Boudin's advice was that Ellsberg's best defense would be through the legislative immunity of a congressman disclosing the papers. IPS felt that Mike Gravel of Alaska was a likely candidate, for he was a co-sponsor of the McGovern - Hatfield "end the war" amendment.

Ellsberg contacted then Senator Gravel and offered him the papers for the anti-draft filibuster he planned for June 30, 1971.[2]

On the night of June 29, 1971, Senator Gravel, as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Buildings and Grounds of the Senate Public Works Committee, convened a meeting of the subcommittee and there read extensively from a copy of the Pentagon Papers. He then placed the entire 47 volumes of the study in the public record. IPS fellow Leonard Rodberg had been added to the Senator's staff earlier in the day and assisted Gravel in preparing for and conducting the hearing.3 Some weeks later there were press reports that Gravel had arranged for the papers to be published by Beacon.[3].

Gravel had contacted Roberg through journalist and IPS associate Paul Jacobs.[4].



  1. Dinner Program for the Herbert Aptheke Dinner, April 28, 1966
  2. Covert Cadre, page 51, Scott Steven Powell, Green Hill Publishers, 1987
  3. GRAVEL v. UNITED STATES 408 U.S. 606 (1972) GRAVEL v. UNITED STATES. No. 71-1017. Supreme Court of United States.Argued April 19-20, 1972
  4. Covert Cadre, page 51, Scott Steven Powell, Green Hill Publishers, 1987