January 19, 2012
United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. appeared at Tulane Law School on Friday, February 3, 2012, to give the 2012 George Abel and Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous Lecture on Civil Liberties and Human Rights. General Holder spoke on Protecting "The Most Basic Right": Voting Rights Enforcement in the 21st Century and answered questions after his lecture. To see a video of the lecture and question and answer period,
Eric Holder is the 82nd and current Attorney General of the United States and the first African American to hold the position, serving under President Barack Obama. In 1997, Holder was named by President Clinton to be the Deputy Attorney General, the first African American named to that post, as well. Holder previously served as a United States Attorney and in 1988 was nominated by President Reagan to become an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
A native of New York City, where he attended public schools, Holder graduated from Stuyvesant High School, earning a Regents Scholarship. He attended Columbia College, majored in American History, and graduated in 1973. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1976.
While in law school, Holder clerked at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. Upon graduating, he moved to Washington and joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and was tasked to investigate and prosecute official corruption on the local, state, and federal levels.
Prior to becoming Attorney General, Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. He currently lives in Washington with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, a physician, and their three children.
The George Abel and Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous Lecture is dedicated to the study of civil liberties and human rights. It was established in 1965 to honor George Abel Dreyfous, the founder of the Louisiana Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and a Southern pioneer and leader in the field of civil liberties. In 2003, the title of the lecture series was changed to honor both Mr. Dreyfous and his wife, Mathilde Schwab Dreyfous, a tireless community volunteer and activist who worked closely with her husband towards an end to segregation and discrimination against African-Americans.
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Biographical Source: "
Meet the Attorney General
." The United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 19 January 2012.