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Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights Lecture featuring Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow

Date: October 6, 2011
Location: College of Law - Room 118
Time: 4:00 p.m.

1 hr. CLE has been approved.

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Michelle Alexander joined the Ohio State University faculty in 2005. She holds a joint appointment with the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Prior to joining the OSU faculty, she was a member of the Stanford Law School faculty, where she served as Director of the Civil Rights Clinic. Professor Alexander has significant experience in the field of civil rights advocacy and litigation. She has litigated civil rights cases in private practice as well as engaged in innovative litigation and advocacy efforts in the non-profit sector. For several years, Professor Alexander served as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, which spearheaded a national campaign against racial profiling by law enforcement. While an associate at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller, she specialized in plaintiff-side class action suits alleging race and gender discrimination. A longtime civil rights advocate and litigator, Professor Alexander was a 2005 Soros Justice Fellow. She clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Cir. She has also appeared as a commentator on CNN and MSNBC. 

About the Lecture

The William J. Butler Lecture was established in 1999 by the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights in honor of its creator and benefactor William J. Butler, Trustee of the Urban Morgan Education Fund.

William J. Butler, Esq., President of the American Association of the International Commission of Jurists, is a distinguished member of the New York Bar and renowned civil rights lawyer. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Butler argued and won two landmark civil rights cases before the United States Supreme Court: Engel v. Vitale (1962), “the school prayer case,” and Kent v. Dulles (1958), “the passport case.” As Counsel of Record for the International Commission of Jurists and the American Association of the International Commission of Jurists, Mr. Butler submitted an Amicus Curiae Brief, Supporting Petitioners, in Rasul v. Bush (2004) and Boumediene v. Bush (2008). Mr. Butler is Chairman Emeritus International Commission of Jurists (1975-1990) and an Honorary Member 1990. The College of Law Library is honored to house the papers of William J. Butler.