User login

Join The Debate

Cast your vote and join the conversation.

Membership is free.

Get Started

David Cole

Professor of Law, Georgetown Univ. Law School

David Cole is a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, a volunteer attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. He is the author of seven books, including the American Book Award-winning Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism. He has litigated many significant constitutional cases in the Supreme Court, including Texas v. Johnson, United States v. Eichman, which extended First Amendment protection to flagburning, and, most recently, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, which challenged the constitutionality of the statute prohibiting “material support” to terrorist groups, which makes speech advocating peace and human rights a crime. Cole has received numerous awards for his human rights work, including the inaugural Norman Dorsen Prize from the ACLU for lifetime commitment to civil liberties.