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Louis J. Posner (born 1956) is a New York Citymarker Attorney at Law and Licensed Real Estate Broker. Posner was the founder of Voter March, a grassroots organization seeking voting and electoral reform.

Background

Kindertransport statue London


Louis Posner is the son of a Holocaust survivor and a member of the Kindertransport Association (KTA), a not-for-profit organization of child Holocaust survivors who were transported without their parents from Nazi Germany to Great Britainmarker in 1939, and their subsequent generations.

Education

Louis Posner graduated from the Berkshire School in 1974 where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper which won a journalism award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Posner attended Muhlenberg Collegemarker in Pennsylvania. He graduated as an accounting major from Drexel Universitymarker in 1979 and was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi honor societies and TKE fraternity.

After graduating college, Posner received his masters degree in 1985 from Pace University. Louis Posner received his law degree in 1989 from New York Law Schoolmarker.

Attorney

Posner entered private practice in New York City in 1990. He is a partner in Posner & Gould LLP which concentrates in real estate, bankruptcy and reorganization and corporate matters. Posner is admitted to practice before the New York Appellate Division, and the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Louis Posner was co-counsel for a defendant in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) insider trading case involving Motel 6 in the U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y. , and related class action suit. Posner also represented the plaintiff in Ox v. Union Central Life, a U.S. District Court case involving wrongful rescission of a disability insurance policy, which was reported in Westlaw, Lexis, Mealey's Litigation Reporter and the American Disabilities Reporter.

Louis Posner produced at Manhattan Neighborhood Networkmarker the cable TV program "Your Legal Rights."

Voter March

In November 2000, Louis Posner founded Voter March, a nation-wide not-for-profit organization for voter rights and electoral reform, in response to irregularities in the 2000 presidential election. Voter March was headquartered in New York City and included affiliate chapters Voter March DC , Seattle Voter March website, and Voter West.

Counter-Inaugural Rally

In January 2001, Voter March played a role in organizing the main protest rally on Inauguration Day, acting as an umbrella organization for hundreds of smaller groups from across the country. The BBC reported that Voter March was part of a coalition of groups including the National Organization of Women and the National Action Network. Posner lead thousands of activists in a Voters March to call for election reform and the abolishment of the electoral college. The Voter March rally at Dupont Circlemarker included speakers NOW President Patricia Ireland, radio host Mike Malloy, and activist Granny D.

In March 2001, Posner was a plenary speaker at the Grassroots Use of the Internet conference at Yale Universitymarker.

Voter Rights March

Posner Speaking at West Capitol
In May 2001, Louis Posner organized election reform rallies at the United States Capitolmarker West Steps in Washington, D.C.marker and in San Franciscomarker, California, to push for changes in the nation's voting system and a "full investigation" of the 2000 presidential election. Speakers included Lenora Fulani, the first black woman to run for U.S. President, Robert Borosage, founder of the Campaign for America's Future, and Dr. Hilary Shelton Executive Director of the Washington, D.C.marker Bureau of the NAACP.

Voter Rights Speaking Tours

Through Voter March, Posner organized speaking tours throughout the United States and supported many publications and films on voter reform, including the documentary film, Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, by film director Robert Greenwald.

Vincent Bugliosi - The Betrayal of America

Louis Posner & Vincent Bugliosi
During 2001 and 2002, Louis Posner organized speaking tours for Voter March in New York Citymarker and Voter West in Californiamarker for prominent attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi, who wrote the New York Times Best Seller The Betrayal of America - How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose Our President.

Greg Palast - The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Voter March also organized speaking tours in 2001 and 2002 throughout the United States for Greg Palast, the award winning BBC investigative reporter, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy - An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance. Palast exposed the purging of thousands of eligible voters, mostly African Americans, from the voter rolls in Florida.

Danny Schechter - Counting on Democracy

Voter March promoted and distributed Counting on Democracy about the Florida election recount of 2001 by media critic and film producer Danny Schechter. Posner, human rights advocate Bianca Jagger (the ex-wife of Mick Jagger), Greg Palast and Danny Schechter were speakers at the Hamptons International Film Festival, featuring Counting on Democracy.

Louis Posner was at the forefront. It was not until the release of Recount , an Emmy Award winning 2008 made-for-TV movie about the 2000 presidential election in the United States, that the majority of the American public realized the truth about the Florida election recount.

Anti-War Movement

First Protest at UN

Posner Speaking UN Protest
Louis Posner was also active in the peace movement and the Protests against the Iraq War. On September 12, 2002, Louis Posner helped organize the first protest in the United States against the Iraq War at the UN, along with singer songwriter Patti Smith and professors Mark Crispin Miller and Todd Gitlin, former President of the anti-Vietnam War Students for a Democratic Society, where President George W. Bush was speaking before the UN General Assembly to advocate his plans to wage war against Iraq.

National Lawyer's Guild - Mass Defense Committee

On March 27, 2003, hundreds of protesters participated in a civil disobedience in New York Citymarker. In a "die-in" organized by the M27 Coalition (an ad-hoc group of various anti-war organizations and individuals), 215 people were arrested after blocking traffic on 5th Avenuemarker near the Rockefeller Centermarker, protesting the cooperation between U.S. media and the government. (See Protests against the Iraq War, March 27, 2003). As a member of the Mass Defense Committee of the progressive National Lawyers Guild , Posner represented in Manhattanmarker Criminal court over 25 anti-war protestors that were arrested.

References

  1. [1] The Kindertransport Association website
  2. [2] Posner & Gould LLP website
  3. [3] SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Washington, D.C. | LITIGATION RELEASE NO. 17624 / July 22, 2002 | Motel 6 SEC Litigation
  4. Redtail Leasing v. Thrasher (In re Motel 6 Sec. Litig.), 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3909, Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH) P99454, RICO Bus. Disp. Guide P9255 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 1, 1997).
  5. Ox v. Union Cent. Life Ins. Co., 1995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15997, 5 Am. Disabilities Cas. (BNA) 24, 13 Am. Disabilities Dec. 232 (S.D.N.Y. 1995)
  6. [4] Voter March DC website
  7. [5] Seattle Voter March website
  8. [6] BNET, Insight on the News, by James D. Harder, Rent-a-Mobs' Descend on D.C, Feb 12, 2001
  9. [7] BBC News, Bush: Who's protesting and why, January 20, 2001
  10. [8] Washington Post, by David Montgomery and Arthur Santana, Inaugural Protests Take Shape, December 20, 2000
  11. Grassroots Use of the Internet conference
  12. [9] CNN, Inside Politics, Voters rally for electoral reform | May 19, 2001
  13. [10] Campaign for America's Future website, Robert Borosage Biography
  14. [11] NAACP website, Hilary Shelton, Director, NAACP Washington Bureau,
  15. [12] Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election website, a film by Richard Ray PĂ©rez and Joan Sekler
  16. [13] Voter March website: The Betrayal of America, How the Supreme Court Undermined the Constitution and Chose our President, by Vincent Bugliosi, 2001
  17. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, by Greg Palast
  18. [14] The Nation: Florida's 'Disappeared Voters': Disfranchised by the GOP, by Greg Palast
  19. [15] Counting on Democracy, by Danny Schechter
  20. [16] National Lawyers Guild website


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