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Chesa Boudin

Chesa Boudin
Born (1980-08-21) August 21, 1980
New York, New York
Education University of Chicago Laboratory Schools,
Yale University (B.A. History, 2002),
Yale Law School (2011)
Occupation Lawyer, writer, lecturer
Parents Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert
Relatives Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, adoptive parents

Chesa Boudin (born 21 August 1980) is an American lawyer, writer, and lecturer specializing in the U.S. criminal justice system and Latin American policy.

Early life and family history

Boudin was born on 21 August 1980 in New York, New York. His parents, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, were Weather Underground members.[1]

When Boudin was 14 months old, his parents were arrested for their role as getaway car drivers[2] in the Brink's robbery of 1981 in Rockland County, New York.

His mother was sentenced to 20 years to life[3] and his father to 75 years to life for the felony murders of two police officers and a security guard.[4][5] After his parents were incarcerated, Boudin was raised by "adoptive parents" Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who, like his parents, were one-time members of the Weather Underground. [6][5][7]

Kathy Boudin was released under parole supervision in 2003.[8]

Boudin descends from a long left-wing lineage. His great-great-uncle, Louis B. Boudin,[9] was a Marxist theoretician and author of a two-volume history of the Supreme Court's influence on American government, and his grandfather, Leonard Boudin, was an attorney who represented controversial clients such as Fidel Castro and Paul Robeson.[10] Boudin is also related to Michael Boudin,[9] a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and I.F. Stone, an independent journalist.[9][11]


Boudin graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1999. In 2003, he graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in History.[12] He spent his junior year abroad at the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile funded by a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship.[13]

Boudin went to Oxford University on a 2003 Rhodes Scholarship.[1][5] At Oxford, he earned two master's degrees, one in Forced Migration and the other in Public Policy in Latin America. He graduated from Yale Law School in 2011.[14]



After law school, Boudin clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for M. Margaret McKeown. He was a 2012-2013 Liman Fellow[15] at the San Francisco Public Defender.[16]


He lectures in English and Spanish internationally on topics including the criminal justice system, impact of parental incarceration, and Latin American politics. He has contributed to The Nation magazine[17] and other periodicals.


Boudin translated Understanding the Bolivarian Revolution: Hugo Chavez Speaks with Marta Harnecker into English (Monthly Review Press, 2005),[18] co-edited Letters From Young Activists: Today's Young Rebels Speak Out, (Nation Books, 2005),[19] and co-wrote The Venezuelan Revolution: 100 Questions – 100 Answers (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2006).[20] His latest book, Gringo: A Coming of Age in Latin America, was released in April 2009 from Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.[21] The book received reviews in several national papers including the New York Times,[22] the Washington Post,[23] and the San Francisco Chronicle.[24] The Times wrote that Boudin's "prose sounds more than anything like a college admissions essay" that "belongs in a yoga magazine, not between hard covers."[22] The Post called the book a "mind-numbing rant" with "nothing passionate, incandescent or even remotely revelatory."[23] According to the review, the "typically uninspired" book "reveals a remarkable lack of sophistication, both as an argument against free-market imperialism and as a work of travel journalism."[23]

More recently, he authored a range of scholarly articles published in law journals such as the [28] and others.[29][30][31]


  1. ^ a b Wilgoren, Jodi (December 9, 2002). "From a Radical Background, A Rhodes Scholar Emerges".  
  2. ^ "Kathy Boudin: Convicted Felon". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Judge Says Kathy Boudin Will Get 20-Years-to-Life".  
  4. ^ Evans, Colin (2002). "Weatherman Brinks Trials: 1983.". Great American Trials. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Malkin, Michelle (December 11, 2002). "No tears for dead cops". Jewish World Review. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "The Company You Keep: The Weather Underground". Sony Classics. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ Foderaro, Lisa (September 18, 2003). "With Bouquet and A Wave, Boudin is Free 22 Years Later". New York Times. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c Margolick, David (April 24, 1992). "An Unusual Court Nominee, N.Y. Times (April 24, 1992)". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Powers, Thomas (November 2, 2003). "Underground Woman".  
  11. ^ "American Radical: The Life and Times of I.F. Stone".  
  12. ^ Feinstein, Jessica (2003-09-18). "Boudin '03 greets mother after 2 years". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  13. ^ Grotto, Jason (May 2010). "Road Scholar". The Rotarian. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Delegates". University of British Columbia. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  15. ^ "Liman Fellows 2012-13". Yale Law School. 2012–2013. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  16. ^ San Francisco Public Defender
  17. ^ The Nation author bios
  18. ^ Monthly Review Press
  19. ^ The Nation Books
  20. ^ listing
  21. ^ Simon and Schuster listing
  22. ^ a b New York Times' review
  23. ^ a b c Washington Post review
  24. ^ San Francisco Chronicle Review
  25. ^ Publius and the Petition
  26. ^ Children of Incarcerated Parents
  27. ^ Harvard Latino Law Review
  28. ^ Strategic Options for Development of a Worker Center
  29. ^ Adult Consensual Sex Work in South Africa
  30. ^ Institutional Design and International Electoral Observers
  31. ^ Prison Visitation Policies: A Fifty State Survey

External links

  • CNN Paula Zahn transcript
  • Evans, Colin. "Weatherman Brinks Trials: 1983." Great American Trials. 2002. Retrieved June 19, 2013 from
  • Gringo: A Coming-of-Age in Latin America, by Chesa Boudin A Review by Richard Gonzales, San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2009
  • Malkin, Michelle. (2002, December 11). No tears for dead cops. Retrieved June 20, 2013 from Jewish World Review.
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