SCOTCH & BLACK: Restoring the Rule of Law Where it Matters Most

April 2, 2009
Benson Scotch

University of Wisconsin Law School, Lubar Commons

Available for listening online here.

The new debate over war powers, defense policy, and the National Guard

Benson Scotch appeared at the University of Wisconsin Law School on April 2, 2009, together with special guest State Representative Spencer Black, lead sponsor of WI National Guard federalization review legislation

Benson Scotch, the recently retired Executive Director of Vermont's ACLU, has spent his entire legal career working to enhance and improve our democracy. At the ACLU Ben worked hard to highlight the importance to our democracy of protecting the individual rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the Vermont Constitution. Prior to serving with the ACLU, Ben was Senior Staff Attorney to the Vermont Supreme Court for 15 years.

A Harvard Law School graduate, Ben began his career in public service by working for a summer at the Association of American Indian Affairs. He became a member of the legal board of the American Jewish Committee, a civil liberties organization in NYC. During the 1970’s Ben was Assistant Attorney General in Vermont, with a focus on environmental enforcement, followed by years of service as Staff Counsel to Senator Patrick Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Today, Ben is senior counsel to the "Bring the Guard Home! It's the Law," a campaign of veterans, military families, and citizen advocates to democratize defense policy by ending unlawful deployments of the National Guard.

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