William Cohen, born in New York City in 1940, is a retired attorney, law professor, and one of the founders of a non-profit agency, Boulder Action for Soviet Jewry (BASJ). In this interview, recorded in 1992, Cohen describes his experience growing up in a Jewish family; study;ing and practicing law in the eastern United States; his teaching experience in the University of Colorado’s Law School at Boulder; how he met his wife Sara-Jane and co-founded a law firm with her in Boulder. Cohen also talks about how his long-time interest in Human Rights Advocacy led him to establish BASJ in response to Boulder becoming a Sister City with Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in 1986. He expresses pessimism about anti-Semitic sentiments in the former Soviet Union, and shares his appreciation of living as a Jew in a tolerant community like Boulder.
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