Former White House Counsel Speaks at CU Law School

Gregory Craig remarks on ‘state of the rule of law’

The Obama White House’s former top lawyer had much to say about the rule of law under the current administration.

On Thursday night, the University of Colorado Law School hosted Gregory Craig, former White House Counsel under Barack Obama, as part of its annual John R. Coen Lecture Series. Craig is currently of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, and he served as White House Counsel during Obama’s first year as president. Before that, he had led the team defending then-President Bill Clinton from impeachment.

In his hour-long speech and Q&A session, Craig opined on how the law is viewed and respected by American leaders and institutions, and he conveyed many critiques on President Trump’s actions regarding the law.

Now in its 61st year, the Coen Lecture Series invites a distinguished lawyer, judge or legal scholar to speak at CU Law School on a public policy-tinged subject. Past Coen Lecturers include Lucinda Low, president of the American Society of International Law, and William Ury, a negotiation expert who authored the book “Getting to Yes.”

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