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David Cole, JD Biography

Professor of Law at Georgetown University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"

Editor’s note: David Cole has frequently given lectures and held book signings sponsored by the ACLU.

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1994-present
  • Legal affairs correspondent, The Nation, 1998-present
  • Commentator, National Public Radio, All Things Considered
  • Fellow, Open Society Foundations, 2013-2014
  • Recipient, Norman Dorsen Presidential Prize, American Civil Liberties Union, 2013
  • Recipient, Honorary Degree in Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2009
  • Co-director, Center for Transnational Legal Studies (London), 2008-2009
  • Recipient, Lifetime Commitment to Justice Award, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, June 2008
  • Visiting scholar, University College London School of Public Policy, Fall 2007
  • Recipient, People’s Law Award, National Lawyers Guild, 2003
  • Visiting professor, New York University Law School, Spring 1996
  • Associate professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1990-1994
  • Staff attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights, 1985-1990
  • Law Clerk, Judge Arlin M. Adams of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1984-1985
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1984
  • BA, magna cum laude, English, Yale University, 1980
  • Named one of 45 outstanding lawyers under 45 in the public sector, by The American Lawyer, Jan.-Feb. 1997
  • Named Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 1995 by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, for work on Paul v. Avril, international human rights action against former President of Haiti General Prosper Avril
  • Has testified before Congress more than 10 times
Quoted in:
  1. Is the USA PATRIOT Act a Good Law?