Rocky Anderson

Rocky Anderson JUSTJustice

American politician

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Rocky AndersonJUSTJustice American politician
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Ross Carl "Rocky" Anderson (born September 9, 1951) is an American attorney, writer, activist, and civil and human rights advocate. He served two terms as the 33rd Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah from 2000 to 2008. He is currently seeking a third term in the 2023 Salt Lake City mayoral election.Prior to serving as Mayor, Anderson practiced law for 21 years in Salt Lake City. He was listed in Best Lawyers in America, and received the highest rating, A-V, by Martindale-Hubbell. He also served as chair of the Utah State Bar Litigation Section, and contributed to Voir Dire legal journal as a writer and Editor-in-Chief. He was the 1996 Democratic nominee for Congress in Utah’s Second Congressional District.Following his terms as mayor, Anderson founded and served as the Executive Director of High Road for Human Rights (2008–2011), a human rights education and advocacy organization, and was a founding member of the Justice Party, which nominated Anderson as its presidential nominee in 2012. That election he was also nominated by the Natural Law PartyAfter the 2012 presidential campaign, Anderson taught for two semesters as an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah, then practiced law again until February 2021, during which time, among many other things, he challenged the NSA’s and former President Bush’s illegal surveillance, won an important First Amendment case against the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, successfully challenged the Utah Legislature’s scheme requiring that all medical cannabis be distributed by state or local health department officials instead of by the private sector, and successfully resolved major civil rights cases involving a wrongful police shooting, and the wrongful death of a pretrial detainee in the Salt Lake County Jail. Anderson then served as a full-time volunteer Executive Director of the Justice Party (now Allied Justice) until beginning his campaign in August 2022 for another term as Mayor of Salt Lake City.As mayor, Anderson was a major leader and advocate relating to several national and international causes, including climate protection, immigration reform, restorative criminal justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and an end to the "War on Drugs". Before and after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Anderson was a leading national opponent of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and a leading opponent of illegal surveillance and torture.Anderson was named by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as one of the top-twenty activists in the world regarding the climate crisis. He was a member of the Newsweek Global Environmental Leadership Advisory Board and was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the top ten straight advocates in the United States for LGBT equality.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
George Washington University Law School
University of Utah
Bachelors Philosophy
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Former Member
Democratic Party
High Road for Human Rights
2008 - 2011
Former President and Shareholder
Anderson & Karrenberg
1992 - 1999
Former Shareholder
Anderson & Watkins
1989 - 1992
Former Shareholder
Hansen & Anderson
1986 - 1989
Former Shareholder
Berman & Anderson
1980 - 1986
Former Associate Attorney
Berman & Giauque
1978 - 1980
Other Experience1 - 9 of 9
High Road for Human Rights
2008 - 2011
Former President
Guadalupe Schools Board
1980 - 1995
Former President
Citizens for Penal Reform Board
1990 - 1995
Former Board Member
Planned Parenthood Association, Utah
1979 - 1982
Former President
American Civil Liberties Union Board, Utah
1979 - 1982
Former Board Member
Utah Common Cause
Former Chair
Utah State Bar Association, Litigation Section
Former Co-Host
Sundance Summit: A Mayors Gathering on Climate Protection
Committee on Restorative Justice, Sentencing Commission