Last updated on: 11/14/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

Walter E. Williams, PhD Biography

Title:
John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University
Position:
Con to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Joel Sogol, former chairman of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) litigation committee, filed a complaint against Judge Parker with Alabama’s Judicial Inquiry Commission. The complaint charges Parker with violating Alabama’s judicial ethics standards when he publicly criticized his eight Supreme Court colleagues and the Roper v. Simmons U.S. Supreme Court decision. Sogol says that Judge Parker’s criticism breeds contempt for the law.

Sogol has it wrong. It’s the court’s failure to meet its constitutional duties that breeds contempt for the law. The Judicial Inquiry Commission can send the complaint to Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary for trial. If the court finds the complaint is justified, it can reprimand Judge Parker or remove him from office. The ACLU would love the chilling effect of reprimand or removal.”

Jewish World Review, Mar. 29, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs and JDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the ACLU. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the ACLU.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics, George Mason University, 1980-present
  • Boardmember, Board of Directors, Reason Foundation
  • Boardmember, Board of Directors, Hoover Institution
  • Advisory Boardmember, Cato Institute
  • Advisory Boardmember, Landmark Legal Foundation
  • Advisory Boardmember, Institute of Economic Affairs
  • Advisory Boardmember, Heritage Foundation
  • Chairman, Economics Department, George Mason University
  • Adam Smith Award, Foundation for Economic Education, 1995-2001
  • National Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • George Washington Medal of Honor, Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation
  • U.S. News Media Award, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, California State University
  • Faculty Member of the Year, George Mason University
  • Member, American Economic Association
  • Member, Bohemian Club of San Francisco
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, University of California Los Angeles
  • MA, Economics, University of California Los Angeles
  • BA, Economics, California State University, Los Angeles
Other:
  • None found
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