College Park, MD (Sept. 27, 2018) – Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler joins former Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah and SurvJustice Founder Laura L. Dunn to discuss the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and his confirmation hearings this Friday, September 28, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland – College Park in the Special Events Room, McKeldin 6137.
Doug Gansler, who previously served as Attorney General of Maryland and the State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, where some of the alleged conduct took place, recently shared his views on the viability of a criminal investigation in Maryland in the BALTIMORE SUN. Gansler has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and was a candidate for Governor of Maryland.
Thiru Vignarajah served as Deputy Attorney General of Maryland and as a federal and city prosecutor in Baltimore. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and was president of the Harvard Law Review. Last week, the WASHINGTON POST published Vignarajah’s op-ed contending that a criminal investigation of Dr. Ford’s allegations was warranted.
Laura L. Dunn, an attorney at The Fierberg National Law Group and 2018 TED Fellow, adds a survivor perspective to the issue. “The criminal system has historically failed survivors, which has led to the #MeToo movement and created challenging situations like this, where accusations arise that require serious consideration before making critical appointments to positions of leadership,” said Dunn. Dunn is an outspoken survivor and victim rights attorney who won the 2017 U.S. Department of Justice’s Special Courage Award from the Office for Victims of Crime for her work founding the only national nonprofit representing victims of sexual violence in campus proceedings, SurvJustice.
Hosted by the University of Maryland’s MLAW program, this open discussion with give students and community members the opportunity to hear from, and ask questions of, legal experts about allegations of sexual assault against a Supreme Court nominee. The allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are likely to have profound implications on the legitimacy of the Supreme Court for years to come. The panel discussion will cover questions of great public interest, which the panelists’ backgrounds especially prepare them to address.