David Cole will present the Jefferson lecture on Thursday, February 22, 2018, entitled "Defending Liberty in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Front." The lecture will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
About David Cole
David Cole was named Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union in 2016. He oversees approximately 1,400 civil liberties lawsuits, both state and federal, and manages over 300 staff attorneys at ACLU headquarters in New York and affiliate offices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.
Cole received his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1984 and served as a staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights from 1985-1990. In 1990, he began teaching constitutional law and criminal justice at Georgetown University, and was later named the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy (he is currently on leave). He continued to litigate major civil liberties cases while a professor. Many of his most notable cases occurred in the Supreme Court. Most recently, in December 2017, he argued the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case in the Supreme Court.
About the Lecture
To summarize his Jefferson Lecture Cole notes: The ACLU has been at the forefront of the defense of liberty in the age of Donald Trump. What does the first year of fighting for liberty tell us about constitutional law and the future of civil liberties and civil rights in the United States?