David D. Cole
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David D. Cole is an American law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. He has published in various legal fields including civil rights, criminal justice, constitutional law and law and literature. He has litigated First Amendment and other constitutional issues and contributes regularly to the media on topical legal issues.
Cole studied at Yale College and Yale Law School. After graduating from law school, Cole served as a law clerk to Judge Arlin M. Adams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He then became a staff attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, where he litigated a number of major First Amendment cases, including:
- Texas v. Johnson, 491 U.S. 397 (1989)
- United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 928 (1990)
- National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley, 524 U.S. 569 (1998)
He continues to litigate First Amendment and other constitutional issues as a volunteer staff attorney at the Center where he is also a member of the Board of Directors. He is also co-chairman of the Constitution Project's Liberty and Security Committee.
He is now a member of the Georgetown University Law Faculty. His main areas of expertise are constitutional law, in particular First Amendment law, criminal procedure and law relating to United States federal courts.
Cole has been the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation since 2000. He is also a commentator on the National Public Radio program All Things Considered, and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.
Cole has received numerous awards from professional bodies and campaigning groups for his civil rights and civil liberties work, including from the American Bar Association, the National Lawyers Guild, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the American Muslim Council, and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of the Freedom of Expression. Professor Cole also was the first recipient of the ACLU's Norman Dorsen Presidential Prize for academic contributions to civil liberties.
- Cole, David (November 1994). "Playing by Pornography's Rules: The Regulation of Sexual Expression". University of Pennsylvania Law Review (The University of Pennsylvania Law Review) 143 (1): 111–177. doi:10.2307/3312517. JSTOR 3312517.
- Cole, David (2000). No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System. New York City: The New Press. ISBN 1-56584-566-8. OCLC 40678592.
- Cole, David; James X. Dempsey (2002). Terrorism and the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security. Los Angeles: The New Press. ISBN 1-56584-782-2. OCLC 50558833.
- Cole, David (2003). Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism. New York City: The New Press. ISBN 1-56584-800-4. OCLC 52001716.
- Cole, David (January/February 2009). "Closing Guantánamo: The problem of preventive detention". Boston Review 34 (1).
- Cole, David (2009). The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable. New York City: The New Press. p. 304. ISBN 1-59558-492-7.
- Georgetown Law Faculty: David D. Cole biography and selected publications
- Center for Constitutional Rights
- The Nation: articles by David D. Cole
- SSRN: articles by David D. Cole
- Video: David Cole - Enemy Aliens & Constitutional Freedoms (February 27, 2007)
- Cole article archive from The New York Review of Books