2015 Law and Social Change Lecture: 'After Ferguson: The Challenge of Obtaining Equal Protection of the Criminal Law'

Professor David Cole, Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy, Georgetown Law

Date and Times: 
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

CLE Credit Information: 

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board for one (1) hour of substantive CLE credit. 

CLE Cost: 

Pitt Law presents: 2015 Law and Social Change Lecture
"After Ferguson: The Challenge of Obtaining Equal Protection of the Criminal Law"
February 19, 2015, 4-5:30 p.m.
Teplitz Moot Courtroom

Professor David D. Cole

David D. Cole is the Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches courses on constitutional law, national security and criminal justice. His book, No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System, was named Best Non-Fiction Book of 1999 by the Boston Book Review, and best book on an issue of national policy in 1999 by the American Political Science Association. His next book, Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism, received the American Book Award in 2004. He has published numerous books and articles since then.

In addition to his academic work, Cole has been the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation since 2000 and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He is also a commentator on the National Public Radio program All Things Considered.

He has litigated many significant constitutional cases in the Supreme Court, including Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman, which extended First Amendment protection to flagburning; National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, which challenged political content restriction on NEA funding; and Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, which challenged the constitutionality of the statute prohibiting “material support” to terrorist groups, which makes speech advocating peace and human rights a crime. 

The late New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis called Cole “one of the country’s great legal voices for civil liberties today,” He has received two honorary degrees, and numerous awards for his human rights work, including, in 2013, the inaugural Norman Dorsen Presidential Prize from the ACLU for lifetime commitment to civil liberties.

Professor David Harris and Dean William M. Carter Jr. will comment on Professor Cole’s talk as part of the program.