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A Conversation with Pierre-Richard Prosper

Leah Hogsten | Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake City resident Pierre-Richard Prosper is the son of Haitian immigrants, a former district attorney in Los Angeles at the height of the gang violence there, and he was the lead prosecutor in the first trial for genocide and rape as war crimes. Those are just a few of his stories, but in many ways they’ve shaped his view of the world. Prosper believes deeply in the law’s ability to right wrongs that we could have prevented in the first place. He joins us Thursday to talk about his fascinating life.

Pierre-Richard Prosper is a partner at the law firm Arent Fox. He was a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, California from 1989 to 1994. He served as a war crimes prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 1996 to late 1998, and later served as the second United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues under President George W. Bush.