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This resume should not be used in any legal proceeding without contacting Peter A. Schey to determine whether information contained in this document requires updating, correction or modification.


Date of Birth: March 23, 1947

Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa

Telephone: (323) 251-3223
Facsimile: (323) 931-2221


Lowell High School, San Francisco, CA
Graduated (honors) - June, 1964;

University of California, Berkeley, CA
Graduated (honors) - June, 1969
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

California Western School of Law,
San Diego, CA
Juris Doctor (honors), June, 1973;
Outstanding Service Award, March 2, 1972;
California Western Law Review, 1971-72.



President and Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law Foundation (CHRCL Foundation) 1980 to present. The Center is dedicated to the protection and promotion of fundamental civil liberties and human rights through major class action litigation, direct legal services, education, training and the presentation of petitions before international fora. The Center serves as a resource to social, legal, religious and community-based groups throughout the United States and in other countries involved in civil and human rights advocacy.


President and Executive Director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, Inc. (CHRCL Inc.) 1997 to present. CHRCL Inc. provides emergency services, including shelter, food, counseling, health, educational and legal services to immigrant and refugee youth, including unaccompanied immigrant and refugee youth.


Private practice of law principally focusing on complex constitutional, transnational, corporate, criminal, administrative, and appellate litigation.


Adjunct Professor, University of Southern California Law Center, teaching courses on international human rights and immigration law (1987-1991).


Lecturer of Law, University of California School of Law teaching immigration and refugee law (Spring, 1989).


Served as lead counsel or co-counsel in over 100 major civil rights and class action cases in federal courts throughout the United States involving access to education, health and welfare benefits, administrative law, the rights of women, children and indigenous people, rights of immigrants and refugees, and complex individual cases involving constitutional, criminal, transnational, and corporate issues. Mr. Schey has represented or supervised the representation of over 2,000 cases involving women who have suffered sexual harassment, abuse, or discrimination. Mr. Schey's litigation against the federal government has resulted in the largest attorney fee awards in the country.

Significant cases include:

(1) In re Alien Children Education Litigation, Doe v. Plyler, 457 U.S. 202, 102 S.Ct. 2382, 95 L.Ed.2d 786 (1982) (U.S. Supreme Court) (lead counsel in State-wide class action case finding unconstitutional as a violation of Fourteenth Amendment equal protection a Texas statute which denied public education to undocumented children; over 100,000 children admitted to Texas public schools annually as a result of United States District Court injunction affirmed by United States Supreme Court decision);

(2) Enrique Fuenes v. City of Riverside (U.S. District Court, Central District of California) (lead counsel in lawsuit for damages following video-taped beating of Mexican national Mr. Fuenes by Riverside Sheriffs; Mr, Fuenes, a Mexican national migrant, was being smuggled in a high-speed chase; case settled and Mr. Fuenes received an award of $700,000)

(3) Jane Doe v. State of Hawaii, Cv. No. 97-00169 (U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii) (lead counsel in personal injury and injunction lawsuit involving sexual assault by psychiatrist; confidential settlement reached for monetary damages and State of Hawaii changes in policies and practices involving psychiatrist-patient relations);

(4) American Apparel LLC: Legal counsel for American Apparel and CEO Dov Charney on range of cases including EEOC sexual harassment charges, EEOC ADA compliance charges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) I-9 audit, public relations issues, and corporate social responsibility issues.

(5) Supervising attorney of Voces Unidas Project, a nationwide project involving representation of over 2,000 women victims of sexual harassment, abuse, or discrimination.

(6) Thompson v. United States, Cv. No. 83-0903 (D. Hawaii) (civil action resulting in broad injunction limiting manner in which Department of Justice criminal investigation could proceed against attorney target of criminal investigation);

(7) Native American Heritage Commission v. Cal State Long Beach, No. BC 097212 (Los Angeles Superior Court) (lead counsel in State court lawsuit seeking to halt effort by California State University at Long Beach to build a shopping center over a historic Native American burial ground; preliminary injunction halted development plan);

(8) California Medical Board v. Robbins (California Court of Appeals) (lead counsel in successful appeal and reversal of revocation of medical license of prominent surgeon in case involving turf battle with plastic surgeons resulting in unjustified charges; decision to revoke license reversed by the California Court of Appeals)

(9) League of United Latin American Citizens, et al. v. Pete Wilson, et al., No. Cv. 94-7569-MRP (C.D. Cal.), LULAC v. Wilson, 908 F.Supp. 755 (C.D. Cal. 1995) (lead counsel in California-wide class action case representing numerous elected officials, including California Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco, California membership organizations, and approximately 1 million immigrant families challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 187, a State-wide initiative denying health care, social services and education to wide classes of California immigrant residents; law declared unconstitutional in federal court decisions won in 1995 and 1997; California Gov. Wilson appealed; State-wide settlement approved in 1999 by Gov. Davis, defendants' appeal withdrawn and district court's decisions adopted as the law of the case);

(10) People of the State of California v. Tariacuri Ramirez, Superior Court, Riverside County (lead counsel in obtaining dismissal of first degree murder charge unjustly brought against the 17-year old defendant).

(11) Development Disabilities Area Board 10 v. Smith, Cv. No. 500440 (Los Angeles Superior Court) (lead counsel in state-wide class action leading to class-wide settlement allowing indigent children access to health care services);

(12) Lopez v. INS, Cv. No. 78-1912-WB(xJ) (lead counsel in certified nation-wide class action case involving the right to legal counsel of persons arrested by INS; nation-wide settlement impacting over 1 million class members per year reached requiring persons arrested to be provided written advisal of their legal rights and a period of time to consult with attorneys before post-arrest interrogation);

(13) Charo v. United States, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 95-70574 (decided Feb, 20, 1997) (lead counsel for entertainer Charo in successful litigation for attorneys' fees following dismissal of employer sanctions charges brought by the United States Government against Charo's corporation in Hawaii).

(14) Master Yungao Yi (aka Wan-Ko Yee): Lead counsel for Master Yungao Yi, internationally renowned Buddhist leader and citizen of China now living in the United States in successful representation to have INTERPOL arrest warrant based on pending politically motivated charges in China rescinded and cancelled;

(15) United States v. Dr. Marcel Diennet, No. 90-202636 (U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee) (favorable settlement of major multi-district federal criminal case involving alleged importation of scheduled drugs without proper import licenses by prominent physician);

(16) Baliza v. INS, 709 F.2d 1231 (9th Cir. 1982) (lead counsel in federal Court of Appeals case reversing federal agency's use of unauthenticated documents in contested administrative proceedings when maker of document is not made available by agency for cross-examination);

(17) Moreno v. United States, Cv. No. 87-01431-TJH (C.D. Cal.), (lead counsel in settlement of Federal Tort Claim Act and Bivens action for wrongful arrest and deportation of a minor lawful resident by INS; child illegally deported by the INS awarded over $100,000 in damages);

(18) American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, et al., v. Anti-Defamation League of the B'Nai B'rith, et al., No. Cv. 93-6358-RP (C.D. Cal.) (lead counsel in civil rights federal court case against the City and County of San Francisco challenging illegal invasions of privacy and surveillance of approximately 5,000 individual class members and 1,000 organizations based solely on lawful First Amendment activities; final settlements required identification of thousands of pages of documents containing unlawful law enforcement information, redaction of documents from defendants' files, and injunctions regarding future policies and conduct; attorneys' fees awarded).

(19) Catholic Social Services v. Meese, 113 S.Ct. 2485 (1993) (U.S. Supreme Court) (lead counsel in nation-wide class action case seeking legalization for 250,000 immigrants who briefly traveled abroad during one-time 1987-88 "amnesty" program and were therefore deemed ineligible to apply by Government; nation-wide injunction won permitted the filing of over 250,000 "late" amnesty applications after the statutory period expired; case settled by Department of Homeland Security following fifteen years of litigation);

(20) Haitian Refugee Center v. Smith, 676 F.2d 1023 (1982) (U.S. Court of Appeals) (lead counsel in first major Florida class action case involving constitutional rights of Haitian refugees seeking political asylum in the United States; won permanent injunction reversing INS' denial of political asylum to over 5,000 Haitian refugees and prohibited their deportation from the United States to Haiti; federal legislation later granted class members permanent resident status);

(21) Flores v. Meese, ___ U.S. ___ (U.S. Supreme Court 1993) (co-lead counsel in nationwide class action case challenging INS policies for apprehended children, including the conditions of detention; national settlement reached with the U.S. Government addressing the conditions of detention, requiring the INS to (i) end commingling of detained children with unrelated adults, (ii) provide education and reading materials and visitation with friends and relatives; (iii) requiring release of detained minors in certain circumstances to unrelated responsible adults);

(22) Immigrant Assistance Project of the Los Angeles County Federation Of Labor (AFL-CIO) v. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 306 F.3d 842 (9th Cir. 2002) (co-lead counsel in lawsuit challenging INS's denial of legalization to persons considered ineligible based on "known to government" statute; summary judgment won in favor of class of approximately 50,000 immigrants; INS appeal pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals);

(23) Orantes-Hernandez v. Smith, 541 F.Supp. 351 (C.D. Cal. 1982) (co-lead counsel in nationwide class action case; won preliminary injunction covering about 30,000 Salvadorans fleeing the U.S.-sponsored war in their country regarding their right to seek and obtain political asylum in the United States, and their right to consult with lawyers);

(24) Mendez v. INS, 563 F.2d 956 (1977) (lead counsel in federal Court of Appeals precedent case holding that when an immigrant's deportation by the INS was accomplished in violation of the due process guarantee of the U.S. Constitution, the immigrant must be allowed to return to the United States for further hearings);

(25) Whetstone v. INS, 561 F.2d 1303 (1977) (lead counsel in federal Court of Appeals precedent case striking INS statutory interpretation of immigrant visa process);

(26) Munoz v. Bell, Cv. No. 77-3765-WG (C.D. Cal. 1978) (lead counsel in federal case resulting in court-ordered nation-wide settlement requiring the federal government to advise all persons in deportation proceedings of free legal services available to indigent immigrants);

(27) Congressman R. Dellums v. Smith, Cv. No. 82-0040-G (S.D. Cal. 1982) (lead counsel in class action resulting in injunction and settlement requiring the federal government to allow public access to deportation hearings at detention facilities);

(28) Aviles-Torres v. INS, 790 F.2d 1433 (1986) (lead counsel in federal Court of Appeals case reversing Immigration Judge's denial of political asylum; interpretation of federal asylum and withholding statute)

(29) Medina v. Castillo, 627 F.2d 972 (1980) (lead counsel in federal Court of Appeals case reversing lower court dismissal of legal challenge to political asylum procedures)

(30) United States v. Phra Winai (lead counsel in federal criminal and political asylum case involving high-profile Buddhist monk from Thailand; federal criminal case favorably resolved through settlement and political asylum granted);


(1) South Africa Constitution Watch Commission (1990-1994) Founder and coordinator of an international commission to report on the constitutional positions of major parties in South Africa as evaluated under international human rights law. Commission includes over 40 prominent jurists and political leaders, including former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

(2) Haitian Interdiction Petition (Sept. 1990-98) Lead counsel in successful human rights petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS) challenging the U.S. Government's program of interdicting and returning Haitian refugee boatpeople without regard to their right to life, due process, to depart their country, and to seek asylum. Petition resulted in lengthy decision finding USG in violation of several binding international instruments; Commission's final decision was adopted by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States.

(3) Adviser to Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide on matters relating to human rights and impunity (1992-1995)

(4) Chiapas OAS Petition (1994) Petition filed with the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights challenging the Mexican Government's human rights record in responding to the January 1, 1994 rebellion of the Zapatista National Liberation Army; technical adviser to Bishop Samuel Ruiz and Mexican legal team assisting Zapatistas on international law questions raised in negotiations of the dispute.

(5) Stecel 11 Case,. Represented 11 leading trade unionists, longest held political prisoners in El Salvador during U.S.-backed war; petition filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS; release of prisoners negotiated and safe passage to Amsterdam obtained.

(6) Dennis Quintanillia--Kidnapped Child. Negotiated release of U.S. citizen child kidnapped by Salvadoran National Guard after assassination of mother in El Salvador (New York Times, Feb. 20, 1983, p. 1);



(1) Founder and director of "Safe Haven" and "Freedom House" ("Casa Libre") group homes for unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children; acquired $2 million funding to purchase and operate shelter facilities to provide youth with temporary housing, family reunification services, legal services, medical care, mental health counseling, etc.

(2) Founder Los Angeles Homeless Youth Legal Clinic, a program which offers homeless youth free legal services on matters relating to guardianships, emancipation, juvenile justice issues, immigration issues, etc.



1982 employed as legal consultant for Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy appointed by President Jimmy Carter.


EDITORIAL SERVICE (for dates of service contact Peter Schey):

Migration Today
Board of Editors of the Immigration Law and Procedure Reporter
(Matthew Bender),
Editorial Board, Immigration and Nationality Law Review (Clark Boardman),
Advisory Board, Migration World Magazine (Center for Migration Studies).



President of Community Media Project (1993-1998). Vice-Chairperson of the Individual Rights Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (1986, 1990, 1992, 1994). General Counsel to the United California Mexican-American Association (1981-present). Board member Hermandad Mexicana Nacional (1988-present). National Advisory Board Member, the National Asylum Appeals Project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights (1986-present). Board member The Resource Center (New Mexico) (1984-1986, 1990-present); Board member CRISPAZ (Texas) (1986-87); Advisory Board, Bhopal Justice Campaign (1989-present). Advisory Board, Guatemala Information Center (1989-1990). National Advisory Board, Guatemala Support Network (1992-present). Board member National Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants and Refugees (1990-1999). Executive Committee of the Immigration Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (1986). General Counsel to the Coalition for Humane Immigration Reform of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) (1987-88). Executive Committee, National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles Chapter (1988-present). Chair, International Action Committee of the National Lawyers Guild (1995-present).



(1) Immigration Law and Procedure, chapter on political asylum (8-volume treatise on immigration and refugee law published by Mathew Bender)

(2) Immigration Law & Crimes,, major contributor (published by Clark Boardman publishing company, 1984)



1996 County of Los Angeles and League of United Latin-American Citizens commendation for dedicated service to the affairs of the Latino community in the U.S.

1988 Carol King Award for efforts "to secure justice for Salvadoran asylum seekers"

1986 Commendation for Pro Bono Services by State Bar of California

1985 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award by American Immigration Lawyers Association for "excellence in litigation" on behalf of immigrants

1980 Clarence Darrow Foundation Award for civil rights litigation

1980 Award for Outstanding Service to Hispanic Community by United California Mexican American Association



  • New Times of Los Angeles (June 20, 2002)
  • National Law Journal, Vol. 9, # 26 (March 1987)
  • Los Angeles Times, Deja Vu for Rights Attorney (Nov. 10, 1994)


    U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra
    U.S. Representative Ron Dellums
    California Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco

    United Farm Workers of America (AFL-CIO) (California);
    National Council of Churches (New York);
    United Methodist Church (Washington, DC);
    International Commission for the Defense of Salvadoran Refugees (San Salvador);
    Clergy and Laity Concerned (Washington, DC);
    Lutheran Council in the U.S.A. (Washington, DC);
    International Tribal Council (San Franscisco, Ca.);
    Guatemala Support Network (Washington, DC);
    Global Exchange (San Francisco, Ca.);
    California Catholic Conference (Sacramento, Ca.);
    Southern California Ecumenical Council (Los Angeles, Ca.),
    Arizona Farm Workers Union (Ariozna);
    California Native American Heritage Commission (Sacramento, Ca.);
    International Commission for the Defense of Salvadoran Refugees (San Salvador);
    Central American Refugee Center (Washington, D.C.);
    ACLU Foundation of S. California (Los Angeles, Ca.);
    Center for Constitutional Rights (New York);
    League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC);
    American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) (Philadelphia, Pa.);
    American G.I. Forum (Dallas, Texas);
    National Farm Worker Ministries Washington, DC;
    Washington Office on Haiti (Washington, DC);
    Haitian Center for Human Rights (Port-au-Prince, Haiti);
    Palestine Aid Society (New York);
    National Coalition for Haitian Refugees (New York);
    Haitian Refugee Center (Miami, Fla.);
    United California Mexican American Association (San Diego, Ca.);
    Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (Washington, DC);
    Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (Washington, DC);
    Chinese American Citizens Alliance (Washington, DC);
    National Association of Arab Americans (Washington, DC);
    Association of Arab-American University Graduates, Inc.;
    Bay Area Anti-Apartheid Network (San Francisco, Ca.);
    International Jewish Peace Union;
    National Conference of Black Lawyers (New York);
    American Indian Movement (Colorado);
    National Lawyers Guild (New York);
    Coalition Against Police Abuse (Los Angeles, Ca.);
    Palestine Solidarity Committee (New York);
    Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de Los Derechos Humanos, A.C. (Mexico);
    Association for Residency and Citizenship of America (Miami, Houston, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey)
    Academia Mexicana de Derechos Humanos, A.C. (Mexico);

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