Meet activist lawyer Eric Sirotkin, as he presents his powerful memoir, Witness: A Lawyer's Journey from Litigation to Liberation, with a Little Help from Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, and the people of Cuba and North Korea. Practicing “nonviolent advocacy,” Sirotkin’s career as a leading human rights attorney delineates an incredibly inspirational story about the power of love, reaching across the world to the some of the most crucial human rights issues of recent history.
Praise for Witness
Eric Sirotkin does what only the very best lawyers can do -- transform combat into co-creation, aggression into appreciation, and ultimately fear into love. In Witness, he creates new and positive possibilities for his clients, their attorneys, and the world. -Gary Zukav, author, The Seat of the Soul and The Dancing Wu Li Masters
Travel an astounding journey, as I did, with tireless attorney Eric Sirotkin as he invents "nonviolent advocacy." Witness brilliantly covers the course of a professional career, from "adversarial" civil liberties cases in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, to the Navajo Nation, and beyond to Cuba and North Korea, Eric opens his heart to show us that the practice of law can be, at its core, about humanity and spirit. My hope is that every future attorney will read this beautiful, peaceful warrior's testament. -Mark Rudd, political activist, founding member of Weather Underground, author of Underground
"Eric Sirotkin has delivered a powerful account of his extraordinary life of social advocacy. Witness will take its place amongst those rare stories that inspire us to take our own stand and join the heroes of the world who have always relied on the power of love and the justice of integrity to finally prevail against the forces that seek to divide us." -Will Wilkinson, co-founder The Academy of Natural Wisdom, author of Now or Never
Eric Sirotkin’s Witness speaks to something innate in us all: the desire to feel connected to those around us and to feel our full potential as human beings. This was brought home in Sirotkin’s first meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa, while Sirotkin co-chaired the International Monitoring Project of the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Tutu smiled as he told the author, “We are human through our relations with others. If I undermine your humanity, I dehumanize myself. This is ubuntu.”
As an activist litigator for social causes in America, Sirotkin engaged in the “good fight,” but felt something missing. Learning to actively live and work from ubuntu became a roar of awakening to a journey from litigation to liberation. Witness is filled with profound moments of compassion and quiet heroism from world famous activists and unknown women and men whose lives will inspire you to be the change the world needs, now more than ever.
ERIC SIROTKIN is an internationally renowned human rights trial lawyer, mediator and educator who advocates navigating conflict in ways that enhance health and well-being. He lectures nationally and internationally on ubuntu, peace and justice issues, and practices law and life in Albuquerque, New Mexico.