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Alumnus James V. Roth ('77) Joins International Human Rights Tribunal

AUGUST 24, 2009—James V. Roth ('77) has been named Deputy Advocate-General for the Washington, D.C.-based International Human Rights Tribunal, an independent citizens' commission established to address human rights cases through due process as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The International Human Rights Tribunal was founded by and consists of human rights advocates and activists, international rights advocates, writers, artists, and others who share the goal of bringing overlooked human rights issues to light and making a structured effort to find resolutions. It hears cases that have been dismissed or ignored by courts and refers its opinions and findings to human rights and judicial bodies that have appropriate jurisdiction.

The Advocate-General's office is responsible for investigating human rights abuses worldwide, determining which cases will be heard by the full commission, making recommendations, and advocating for resolutions passed by the commission.

Roth has most recently worked as of counsel at Frank W. Levin PA, handling appeals of social security disability cases. Previously he was a shareholder at Leonard, Street and Deinard PA, Messerli & Kramer PA, and James V. Roth PA, where he handled primarily employment law and civil rights matters on behalf of individuals and companies.

He has been active in the Advocates for Human Rights and the Center for Victims of Torture for many years.