Live Debate - September 4th, 2016 at 7pm

Showtime: 7:00PM (seating @ 6pm)
Price: $40.00


Jeff Robinson is a Deputy Legal Director and the Director of the ACLU's Center for Justice, which houses the ACLU’s work on criminal justice and reform issues. Since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981, Jeff has three decades of experience working on these issues at state and federal public defender agencies and in private practice at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender in Seattle. He has tried over 200 criminal cases to verdict and has tried more than a dozen civil cases representing plaintiffs suing corporate and government entities. Additionally, Jeff was one of the original members of the John Adams Project and worked on the behalf of one of five men held at Guantanamo Bay charged with carrying out the 9-11 attacks.

In addition to being a nationally recognized trial attorney, Jeff is also a respected teacher of trial advocacy. He is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia and has lectured on trial skills all over the United States. He has also spoken nationally to diverse audiences on the role of race in the criminal justice system..




C. Nicole Mason heads up CR2PI at the New York Women's Foundation and is the author of Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America (St. Martin's Press). Her commentary and writing have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, POLITICO, The Nation, The Progressive, Spotlight on Poverty, USA Today, Essence Magazine, The Huffington Post and on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and NBC, among other outlets. She is also a kick ass Feminist mom to twins Charli and Parker.


David French is a staff writer at National Review. He is the author or co-author of several books including, most recently, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the past president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and a former lecturer at Cornell Law School. He has served as a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and the Alliance Defending Freedom. David is a former major in the United States Army Reserve. In 2007, he deployed to Iraq, serving with the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.



Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., an economist and a world recognized expert on guns and crime. Lott has held research or teaching positions at various academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, and Rice University, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988-1989. Nobel laureate Milton Friedman noted: "John Lott has few equals as a perceptive analyst of controversial public policy issues." Lott has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and written nine books, including "More Guns, Less Crime," "The Bias Against Guns," and "Freedomnomics." His most recent book is "The War on Guns." He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.


Moderated by: SUSAN HERMAN

Susan N. Herman was elected President of the American Civil Liberties Union in October 2008, after having served as a member of the ACLU Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and as General Counsel. She holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she currently teaches courses in Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Law, and seminars on Law and Literature, and Terrorism and Civil Liberties. Her most recent book, "Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy" (Oxford University Press 2011), winner of the 2012 IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, was published in an updated paperback edition in March 2014.

Herman has also participated in Supreme Court litigation, writing and collaborating on amicus curiae briefs for the ACLU on a range of constitutional criminal procedure issues, including Riley v. California, the recent case establishing that cell phones may not be searched without a search warrant.





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