Trinity University’s Maverick Lecture Series to feature Michael Ratner


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Mar. 18, 2013

Trinity University’s Maverick Lecture Series to feature Michael Ratner


Ratner will discuss, "Truth Tellers as Heroes: Wikileaks and the Struggle for Democracy"


By Mary Anthony

SAN ANTONIOMichael Ratner, a prominent international force in human rights litigation, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Laurie Auditorium.  His free public presentation is part of Trinity University's Maverick Lecture Series.  Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis; tickets or reservations are not required.

Ratner is president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and the president of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin.   He has taught human rights litigation at Yale and Columbia Law Schools and written extensively on issues ranging from the killing of Che Guevara to Abu Ghraib and Palestinian rights.   A past president of the National Lawyers Guild, Ratner has received many awards, among them Trial Lawyer of the Year, the Columbia Law School Medal of Honor (2005), the North Star Community Frederick Douglass Award, Honorary Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School (2005), and The Nation Institute/Puffin Foundation Prize for Creative Citizenship (2007). In 2006, the National Law Journal named Ratner one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the United States. Ratner and CCR are currently U.S. counsel for Wikileaks and Julian Assange. He is also engaged in litigation to close Guantánamo and active on issues of Palestinian rights. 

The Maverick Lecture is an annual event that honors the late Maury Maverick Jr., the legendary civil rights lawyer, former member of the Texas Legislature, former Marine, and iconoclastic newspaper columnist. The lecture series explores topics that defined Maverick's place in American civic discourse. These topics include threats to constitutional liberty, with particular emphasis on the First Amendment, issues of poverty and race, Western occupation of Third World Countries, and the moral requirements of war.

The Maverick Lecture Series is underwritten by the William and Salomé Scanlan Foundation. For more information, contact Trinity University's Office of University Communications at 210-999-8406.