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NORMAN – In honor of the first Constitutional Studies Symposium at the University of Oklahoma, which will address the topic “Habeas Corpus: Law and Legitimacy in Times of Crisis,” the OU Institute for American Constitutional Heritage will host a dinner and talk on Friday, March 25, featuring the Honorable A. Raymond Randolph, circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C., and David Cole, a nationally noted civil liberties attorney and professor of law at Georgetown University.
“The discussion between Judge Randolph and Professor David Cole will provide important insights into the difficult question of how our nation should strike the right balance between national security and personal freedom,” said OU President David L. Boren.
Appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush, Randolph earned his bachelor’s degree from Drexel University in 1966 and his law degree in 1969 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated summa cum laude and ranked first in his class, in addition to serving as the managing editor of the school’s Law Review. After graduation, he served as a law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York before being admitted to the California Bar in 1970 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1973.
From 1970 to 1973, Randolph served as assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice. After two years in private practice, he was appointed Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, a position he held from 1975 to 1977. In 1979, he was appointed Special Counsel to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct of the U.S. House of Representatives, on which he served until 1980. In the 1980s, he held a number of positions while in private practice, including Special Assistant Attorney General for the states of New Mexico, Utah and Montana. He also served as a member of the Advisory Panel of the Federal Courts Study Committee. During the period between 1971and 1990, he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court 25 times. In the 1990s, he served on the U.S. Conference’s Codes of Conduct committee as both a member and as chairman.
Randolph has taught courses on civil procedure and injunctions at Georgetown University Law Center and is a distinguished professor of law at George Mason Law School, where he teaches advanced constitutional law.
Cole, who earned his law degree from Yale University, teaches constitutional law, national security and criminal justice at Georgetown University Law Center, and serves as a volunteer attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights. He has litigated numerous constitutional cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman, which extended First Amendment rights to flag-burning; National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, which challenged political content restrictions on NEA funding; and most recently, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, which challenged the constitutionality of the statute prohibiting “material support” to terrorist groups, thus making speech advocating peace and human rights a crime. In addition, he has been involved in many of the nation’s most significant cases involving civil liberties and national security.
A legal affairs correspondent for The Nation and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and NPR’s All Things Considered, Cole’s articles have appeared in such publications as the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Stanford Law Review, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of six books, including Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror, which won the Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for best book on national security and civil liberties. His most recent book is The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable.
Cole has been the recipient of numerous honors from the Society of American Law Teachers, the National Lawyers Guild, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, the American Bar Association Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
For more information about the event, which is designed for OU students, faculty, staff and members of the legal community, or accommodations on the basis of disability, call the OU Office of Special Events at (405) 325-3784.