Friday, September 18, 2015


Delaware Senator Chris Coons ’92 to Deliver Dean’s Lecture October 15

Chris Coons ’92 JD/DIV, United States Senator from Delaware, will be in conversation with Professor Michael Wishnie ’93 on October 15, 2015, at 4:30 pm in the Faculty Lounge. The topic of this dean’s lecture will be “The United States Senate: A Frank Conversation.”

Chris Coons was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010. In the senate, he founded the first-ever Senate Law Enforcement Caucus to help strengthen local, state, and federal public safety efforts. Coons serves on the Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees. He is the ranking member of two subcommittees: the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts, and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. Before his election to the senate, he served in many roles in New Castle County government, including being County Council President and County Executive. Coons worked as an attorney for W.L. Gore & Associates. He holds degrees from Amherst College, Yale Law School, and Yale Divinity School.

Michael J. Wishnie is the Deputy Dean for Experiential Education, William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law, and Director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School. Professor Wishnie’s teaching, scholarship, and law practice have focused on immigration, labor and employment, habeas corpus, civil rights, government transparency, and veterans law. For years, Professor Wishnie and his students have represented low-wage workers, immigrants, and veterans in federal, state, and administrative litigation. He and his students have also represented unions, churches, veterans’ groups, and grassroots organizations in a range of legislative, media, and community education matters.

To attend the lecture, please RSVP to yls.rsvp@yale.edu.