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International Attorney To Discuss The Life Of Brazilian Rain Forest Activist

15 September 2011 One Comment

September 14, 2011
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Jolene Jones (801) 863-8342

Brent Rushforth, partner at Day Pitney LLP in Washington, D.C., will discuss “Life and Death in the Amazon: The Case of Dorothy Stang” on Sept. 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the Utah Valley University Library auditorium, room 120.

In February 2005, 73-year old American nun and rainforest activist, Sister Dorothy Stang, was murdered. For more than 40 years Stang fought for land reform and for the rights of rural workers and peasants in Brazil. She was killed by gunmen.

Rushforth, acting as co-lead council for the prosecution, was successful in the conviction of the defendants. He attributes the success of the case to the steadfastness exhibited by the Brazilian prosecutors. The case of Dorothy Stang has been heralded as a lead to reform for the Brazilian legal system by establishing the precedent that criminals will be held legally accountable.

Rushforth practices in the Antitrust and White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations Practice Group. He has extensive litigation experience in antitrust and unfair competition, intellectual property and trade regulation. He has represented such clients as VISA, MCI, Cox communications, and Black & Decker. During his tenure as deputy general counsel of the Department of Defense during the Cold War years, he was actively involved in the Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty negotiations.

This lecture is part of Ethics Awareness Week offerings and the UVU International Center’s Global Spotlight: Brazil program. For more information about Global Spotlight: Brazil, and future events, please visit www.uvu.edu/international/engage/global_spotlight.html.


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Brent Rushforth

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One Comment »

  • david stang said:

    Thank you for this information about Mr. Brent Rushforth. I traveled with Mr. Rushforth to Belem Brazil several times as the pro bono lawyer defending my sister Dorothy Stang. I was honored to have him beside me asking for justice in an area that was famous for impunity. In a place where over 1000 farmers have been murdered with no justice. We stood tall in the court room with the poor who stood with my sister seeking justice.
    David Stang

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