Summary Execution: The Seattle Assassinations of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: Book Talk with Michael Withey

Reading - Nonfiction: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | November 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 Human rights lawyer Michael Withey

 UC Berkeley Labor Center

Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes were Filipino American labor activists and officers of ILWU Local 37 who were murdered in their Seattle union office in 1981. Mike Withey, lead attorney on the case, demonstrates in his book the legal twists and turns of citing the Philippine government as the culprit.

“Some lawyers shamelessly seek attention. And some lawyers deserve attention because they practice the kind of law that should make us proud to be lawyers. These lawyers have the good fortune to undertake clients and cases whose stories transcend the simple facts. They have the skill to and drive to bring power of the law to advance justice and to speak truth to power, all while treating opposing counsel as as respected equal.”

Opening Remarks from:

Maria Abadesco: Maria has been a part of the labor movement for over 30 years, where she started as an organizer for the ILWU Local 142 in Hawaii, organizing hotel workers. Since 2007 she has worked at the UC Berkeley Labor Center as an adjunct labor educator.

Catherine Fisk: Catherine joined the Berkeley Law faculty as the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law in 2017. She regularly teaches Labor Law, Employment Law, and Employment Discrimination, along with Civil Procedure, First Amendment, and Legal Profession.

Rene Cruz : Rene is a Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) veteran, a journalist, and the editor of Ang Katipunan newspaper.

Discussion & Q+A with Michael Withey
Michael is a Seattle-based human rights lawyer who has made a career representing the “little guy” against powerful interests to protect constitutional rights, civil rights, and human rights for the past 45 years.

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