Washington, DC—On November 16, barely a week after the 2016 Presidential Election that left many reeling, Senator Cory Booker visited the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL) to deliver the 24th Annual Rauh Lecture.
Senator Booker discussed the 2016 Election, voter suppression, the rhetoric unleashed by Donald Trump's candidacy, Senator Booker's origins and original inspiration to go into politics.
The conversation, which he held with Wade Henderson, Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law at UDC-DCSL and President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, left the several-hundred in the audience feeling rejuvenated and inspired.
"If you're frustrated with society, it's not time to check out. By you checking out, you are serving the interests of those people who are benefitting from your lack of turnout and playing right into the trap they're setting for folks in America because they're looking for less voter turnout," Senator Booker said.
Each year, one or more leading members of the bench or the bar address(es) the School of Law community, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, on a law-related topic of interest. Some of the nation's most respected civil rights and other public interest, public policy or public service attorneys, as well as the Attorney General and two sitting US Supreme Court Justices have honored us with their participation.