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Weissberg Lecture: Tess Borden

Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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Richardson Auditorium

Beloit College Campus, Beloit, WI

Contact: Josh Moore, moorej, 2831

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The keynote speaker for the Weissberg Fall Forum on Human Rights will be Tess Borden. Tess Borden is now Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. She was the 2015-2017 Aryeh Neier Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. She works on the intersection of drug policy and criminal justice and is author of the 196-page ACLU/Human Rights Watch report “Every 25 Seconds: The Human Toll of Criminalizing Drug Use in the United States.” Tess clerked for the Honorable George A. O’Toole, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and was a researcher for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. She previously worked as a summer associate at a large law firm in New York City, as a paralegal in an immigration practice in Ithaca, NY, as an intern with Human Rights Watch in Dakar, and with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yale College, where she majored in French, and her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the International Human Rights Clinic and an editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. (source: ACLU website,

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