On November 18, 2021, at 7:00 p.m., assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice Kristen Clarke will speak at Dillard University’s annual Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Lecture on Law and Society in the Georges Auditorium in Dillard’s Professional Schools Building.

Clarke, who also serves on the executive board of Dillard’s Center for Racial Justice, has dedicated her career to civil rights. The lifelong civil rights lawyer leads the Justice Department’s federal civil rights enforcement efforts while working to uphold the civil and constitutional rights of all who live in America. Clarke began her career as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division by way of the Department of Justice’s Honors Program. In 2006, she joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund where she played a role in leading their national voting rights and election law efforts. She worked on cases defending the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act, presented oral arguments to the D.C. District Court in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, and Clarke also provided testimony on federal and state voting rights legislation.

We’re excited to welcome Assistant Attorney Clarke to the community tomorrow, and we look forward to hearing her remarks about civil rights and social justice. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will be asked to show proof of a COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test from the previous 72 hours for entry. Masks will be required.