Even so, the weekend highlighted disturbing questions. Why don’t long-accepted legal interpretations, for example, prevent government abuses enabled by novel claims of national security?
Clinton, the former secretary of state, received several standing ovations from a packed auditorium Oct. 5 as she received the school’s highest award, as shown in a Yale photo at right.
Amid encouragement from others to run again in 2016 for president, she delivered a compelling description of her professional odyssey. Former President Bill Clinton looked on from a front-row seat near their 1973 classmates.
“It was here that I developed a lifelong passion about children’s welfare,” Clinton said of her years as a student. “If you want to know the moral and economic health of a community, look at the children.”
Her eloquent talk, provided below in full on video, was part of memorable weekend program focused primarily on themes of Global Constitutionalism, including such topics as freedom of expression, globalization, foreign policy, and national security. In record attendance, more than 900 alumni from around the world returned to New Haven to celebrate the occasion.
The substance of the two-day program drew heavily from recent Obama administration policy. Harold Koh, the onetime Yale Law dean who left that post to serve as Clinton’s legal adviser at the State Department, advocated during his weekend remarks aggressive and innovative strategies to achieve U.S. goals.
As an alumnus enjoying my 30th reunion at the Yale Law School, I found myself grateful, as usual, for the educational opportunities the school had enabled.
In that same spirit, however, I feel an obligation to provide below evidence from the work of the Justice Integrity Project in Washington that lawyers, professors and officials, despite many successes, are not winning the ongoing fight against injustice. Much work remains, including for the Obama administration in which Clinton played such an important part.