USD Law Alumnus Brad Weinreb '91 (JD) Visits Czech Republic to Teach Course on the Rights of Crime Victims in the U.S.

Weinreb with Professor Yehudah Adar in front of Administrative Court

San Diego (February 21, 2014) – California state prosecutor and University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumnus Brad Weinreb, '91 (JD), spent two weeks this winter educating law students in the Czech Republic about crime victims’ rights, a topic of great interest in a country that still bears the scars of Nazi occupation and Soviet domination in its recent history.

Weinreb, 47, a deputy attorney general with the California Department of Justice, was invited to present a course about victims’ rights at Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic’s second-largest city.

“For me, the experience of being in a lecture hall on Thanksgiving Day, talking about human rights in a building that was the headquarters of the Gestapo after (the Nazis) invaded Czechoslovakia, the irony was not lost on me,” said Weinreb.

The Czech Republic has undergone major changes in its legal system since establishing itself as a democracy in 1989, following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Just last year, the Czech Republic adopted a Victim’s Rights Act, and is working to fine-tune and improve the law, according to Jan Provaznik, an attorney who served as Weinreb’s assistant and tour guide during his visit in November and December.

Weinreb, a Texas native who graduated from the USD School of Law in 1991 and has worked for the Attorney General’s office for more than 20 years, has long had an interest in victim’s rights, which led to his invitation to the Czech Republic.

Weinreb sits on the boards of several nonprofit groups, including the Crime Victims Action Alliance, the San Diego Animal Support Foundation and the Dreyfuss Initiative, founded by Academy Award-winning actor and Olivenhain resident Richard Dreyfuss. He has also filed papers to run for Superior Court judge in the June election.

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