ACLU national legal director to speak at UH Maui College

Maui College
Jocelyn Romero Demirbag, 808-984-3471
Director of development, UH Maui College
Posted: Feb 21, 2019

David Cole
David Cole

The national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union David Cole will present a keynote lecture on Liberty’s Defense: Lessons from the Legal Resistance at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 4, in ʻIke Leʻa 144 (science auditorium) at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free and open to the public. The keynote lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies and the William S. Richardson School of Law with support from the ACLU of Hawaiʻi.

Cole has been named the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals.  He supervises a network of nearly 2,000 attorneys and oversees more than 1,400 state and federal lawsuits. He has litigated extensively before the U.S. Supreme Court and has won important cases on immigration, free speech, education and extrajudicial detentions.

He is the George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University, an influential essayist and the author of several award-winning books: Less Safe, Less Free, Enemy Aliens and No Equal Justice.

As the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals, Cole will speak on assaults on civil liberties in Washington, from immigrant rights to LGBT equality, as well as his views on necessary steps to preserve the vitality of American democracy. He follows in a long line of illustrious visitors to Hawai‘i, including: John Hope Franklin, dean of African American history, civil rights icon Angela Davis, business executive Richard Parsons, and esteemed economist Christina Romer.

More about the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals

Established in 2005 by the UH Board of Regents, the Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals brings significant public figures to Hawaiʻi to foster public discourse regarding democratic ideals and civic engagement. The program honors U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye and his wife, Maggie, for their lifetime of public service. The chair is housed in the UH Mānoa Department of American Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities and the William S. Richardson School of Law.

Media interviews: Cole makes regular appearances on national television. He is available for on-air or advance interviews in Honolulu from February 25 to 28 and can discuss Hawai‘i’s leadership in national immigration court battles and transgender rights, as well as controversies over the state’s approach to homelessness and policing. Contact: Robert Perkinson, 808-351-8076

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