Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will host a Criminal Justice Forum, "Beyond Ferguson: Can We End Mass Incarceration and Racial Disparity in Criminal Justice?" Wednesday, December 7 at 5 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by David Cole, the Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown Law School.
About the Lecture:
With the recent passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, attention has focused on the empty seat on the Supreme Court. Debates are swirling about Scalia’s possible successor and what changes the appointment, and the election, could mean for our constitutional rights. But what does it really take to change constitutional law? Many Americans think that it is simply the will of five justices, but as David Cole shows in his latest book, ENGINES OF LIBERTY: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law, constitutional change is driven primarily not by the justices or the lawyers before them, but by the often unsung activism of organized citizens.
About David Cole:
Cole is the Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown Law, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, and an award-winning author of several books, including Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism, which won the American Book Award. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker, Atlantic, and New Republic, among many others. He has received many awards for his human rights work and advocacy, including the Inaugural Norman Dorsen Presidential Prize from the ACLU for lifetime commitment to civil liberties. He was an Open Society Foundations Fellow in 2014.