William R. Jacques Constitutional Law Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
Pro to the question "Is the ACLU Good for America?"
"I believe that the ACLU is good for America. The ACLU's work is a big reason why freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and other rights receive much greater protection today than they did in 1920 when the ACLU began. I don't necessarily agree with the ACLU on every issue or want it to win every case in which it is involved, but even when I disagree with it, I'm glad there is an organization doing what the ACLU does. I think of it as being like a smoke detector. Sometimes it goes off and it's really just a false alarm. But it's important to have it there as a warning when there is danger. The ACLU fulfills that sort of function for our society by reminding us to be very cautious about situations where someone's rights are at stake."
Email to ProCon.org from Allen Rostron, JD, July 22, 2011
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:
William R. Jacques Constitutional Law Scholar and Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law, 2003-present
Lecturer, Kaplan Preliminary Multistate Bar Review (PMBR) Lectures, 2007-present
Guest Professor of Law, Peking University (Beijing, China), 2004
Senior Staff Attorney, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 2002-2003
Staff Attorney, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 1999-2002
Volunteer Attorney, Office of the Appellate Defender, 1997-1999
"Cease Fire: A 'Win-Win' Strategy on Gun Policy for the Obama Administration," Harvard Law & Policy Review, Oct. 28, 2009
"Middle Ground: The Supreme Court's Opportunity in D.C. v. Heller," Jurist, Apr. 2, 2008
"Dodging the Bullet: Tort Immunity for Gun Makers," Jurist, Nov. 3, 2005
"The Supreme Court, the Gun Industry, and the Misguided Revival of Strict Territorial Limits on the Reach of State Law," Michigan State Law Review, Spring 2003
"'No War, No Hate, No Propaganda' - Promoting Films About European War and Fascism During the Period of American Isolationism," Journal of Popular Film & Television, Summer 2002
Cowritten with Rachana Bhowmik, Jonathan Lowy, and Rachel Hoover, "A Sense of Duty: Retiring the 'Special Relationship' Rule and Holding Gun Manufacturers Liable for Negligently Distributing Guns," Journal of Health Care Law & Policy, 2000
"Inside the ACLU: Activism and Anti-Communism in the Late 1960s," New England Law Review, Winter 1999
Recipient of the following awards from the University of Missouri-Kansas City: Outstanding Professor of the Year, 2007; UMKC Faculty Scholar Award, 2006; Elmer F. Pierson Outstanding Teaching Award, 2005; and Daniel L. Brenner Faculty Publishing Award, 2004-2005