Author to speak about the rise of conservative law group May 28

Author Michael Avery will speak about his new book, “The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back from Liberals” (co-author is Danielle McLaughlin), at 5:30 p.m. May 28 at Wayne State University Law School. The event is free and open to the public.

The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies has grown over the last 30 years from a small group of conservative law students into a national organization with extraordinary influence over American law and politics, Avery said. Yet most average citizens know little or nothing about the group, which has “managed to monopolize the selection of federal judges, take over the Department of Justice, and control legal policy in the White House,” he said.

Since 1998, Avery has been a professor at Suffolk Law School in Boston, where he teaches constitutional law and evidence. He is a 1970 graduate of Yale Law School, and was in private practice from 1970 to 1998, specializing in plaintiffs’ civil rights litigation and criminal defense.

The book will available for purchase and signing by the author during the event, which is sponsored by the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law and the American Constitution Society. The event will begin with the talk in the Keith Center Lecture Hall, and will be followed with a reception, light refreshments and book signing in the first-floor atrium of the Keith Center at the Law School.

Contact martha.knight@wayne.edu for reservations.

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