Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
"The American Civil Liberties Union's decision to coordinate defense teams for detainees at Guantanamo is part of a long and honorable tradition of standing for fundamental constitutional principles in a time of crisis...
President Woodrow Wilson said that World War I was a war to make the world safe for democracy, but he trampled on democracy at home. Only the ACLU challenged him. World War II was a fight against Nazi racism, yet the president authorized the most racist action by the federal government in our history. Again, only the ACLU challenged the government. And so it is today. The federal government is casting aside fundamental constitutional principles with the military commission proceedings. The ACLU is again rising to defend the core values that we are fighting for."
"Samuel Walker - Defending Fundamental Principles: An ACLU Tradition," ACLU website, Apr. 3, 2008
Experts 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:
Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2005-present
Coordinator, Police Progessionalism Initiative, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2002-present
Isaacson Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1999-2005
Creator, "Best Practices in Police Accountability" website (www.policeaccountability.org), 2002
Kiewit Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1993-1999
Board of Director, ACLU, 1983-1993
Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1984-1993
Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1978-1983
Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1974-1977
Research Director, Educational Development Consortium, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1974-1976
Consultant, Civil Rights Division, US Justice Department, assisted in investigations of the New Jersey State Police and the metropolitan
Staff, Police Department of Washington, DC
Recipient of a grant from the National institute of Justice to complete a national evaluation of police Early Warning (EW) systems
Recipient of a grant from the Justice Department to provide technical assistance to local police departments to develop EW systems and to study the mediation of citizen complaints against police officers
Member, Panel on Policing, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences
PhD, American History, Ohio State University, 1973
MA, History, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1970
BA, American Culture, University of Michigan, 1965