Constitution Day Debate: "Free Speech in Wartime and in Peace"
Monday, September 25 at 4 p.m.
Gaines Theatre

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Jonathan TurleyJonathan Turley
Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law
George Washington University

Jonathan Turley earned his BA at the University of Chicago and his JD at Northwestern. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate of law from John Marshall Law School for his contributions to civil liberties and the public interest.

A nationally recognized legal scholar, Turley has written extensively in areas ranging from constitutional law to legal theory to tort law. He has authored more than three dozen academic articles appearing in leading law journals at such schools as Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard and Northwestern.

Turley’s articles on legal and policy issues appear regularly in national publications with hundreds of articles in such newspapers as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He is also one of the few attorneys to successfully challenge both a federal and a state law.


John YooJohn Yoo
Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law
University of California at Berkeley School of Law

John Yoo served from 2001-03 as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, focusing on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96, advising on constitutional issues and judicial nominations.

Yoo received his BA in American history from Harvard University and his JD from Yale. He has clerked for both Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2006 he held the Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Law at the University of Trento (Italy).

Yoo has published articles on foreign affairs, national security and constitutional law. He is the author of The Powers of War and Peace: Foreign Affairs and the Constitution After 9/11 and War by Other Means: An Insider’s Account of the War on Terror.