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Experts Available: Muslim Ban, Supreme Court Pick, Jeff Sessions

Michael Waldman, Faiza Patel, Elizabeth Goitein, Wendy Weiser, Nicole Austin-Hillery, and more are available to comment on these crucial issues.

January 31, 2017

Experts from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law are available to comment on several crucial issues this week, including:

  • Muslim Ban: President Trump’s executive order banning Muslim immigration from certain countries created an international uproar, dozens of protests, and multiple lawsuits over the weekend. “The order tarnishes America’s image as a land of optimism and opportunity,” said Faiza Patel. “It puts our safety and security at risk,” added Elizabeth Goitein.
  • Supreme Court: President Trump plans to name his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court at 8 p.m. ET tonight. “Preserving Americans’ rights and basic constitutional values depends on having justices with the strength and willingness to stand up against serious abuses of power,” wrote Dorothy Samuels and Alicia Bannon at the Huffington Post. Brennan Center experts can discuss what the pick means for Islamophobia, counterterrorism policies, executive power, privacy, civil liberties, money in politics, voting rights, and more.
  • Jeff Sessions: The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to approve the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) today to be the next attorney general, a day after Trump fired the acting attorney general for refusing to defend the immigration ban. Our experts can comment on what a Sessions-led Justice Department would mean for civil libertiesvoting rights, and criminal justice.

Experts include Michael WaldmanFaiza PatelElizabeth GoiteinWendy WeiserNicole Austin-Hillery, and more.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact Naren Daniel (, 646–292–8381) or Rebecca Autrey (, 646–292–8316).