Ken Blackwell is an ACRU Senior Fellow. He is a contributing editor for the conservative news and opinion site Townhall.com and his columns frequently appear in The Washington Times, New York Post, and National Review Online. Mr. Blackwell’s public service includes terms as Mayor of Cincinnati, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 1994, he became the first African-American to hold statewide office in Ohio when he was elected Treasurer of State. He subsequently was elected to two terms as Secretary of State. In 2006, he was nominee for Governor of Ohio. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Xavier University in Ohio.
Recent Articles by Ken Blackwell
- How the Market Can Fix Health Care
- Time for Trump to Make His Acting FTC Chair Permanent
- Neil Gorsuch: The President’s Home Run for the Supreme Court
Robert H. Knight, Senior Fellow and Policy Expert, was a journalist for 15 years, including seven as an editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times. A regular weekly columnist for the Washington Times, Townhall.com and OneNewsNow.com, he has a B.S. and an M.A. in Political Science from American University, and was a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He held senior positions with the Heritage Foundation, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Media Research Center, and Coral Ridge Ministries (now D. James Kennedy Ministries). He has authored five books, co-authored another, and written hundreds of reports and articles, and appeared on nearly all major TV and radio news and talk programs.
Recent Articles by Robert Knight
- The ACLU’s War on Common Sense
- Left Uses Violence but Decries ‘Speech as Violence’
- The Media’s March Toward Irrelevance
Kenneth A. “Ken” Klukowski
Kenneth A. (Ken) Klukowski is a Fellow with the American Civil Rights Union. He is also Senior Counsel and Director of Strategic Affairs at Liberty Institute, and Legal Editor for Breitbart News Network. Klukowski has served as Special Deputy Attorney General of Indiana, and worked on faculty at Liberty University School of Law. His columns have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and other national publications, and his amicus briefs and eight law review articles have been cited by various federal courts and top legal journals.
He has participated in numerous Supreme Court cases, and lectured and debated at over seventy law schools nationwide. A national bestselling author, his most recent book is Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America, published by Simon & Schuster. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, studied history at Arizona State University, earned his law degree from George Mason University, and served as a law clerk to Judge Alice Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Recent Articles by Ken Klukowski
- Supreme Court Begins First Sitting of Trump Presidency
- Ninth Circuit Halts Immigration Case, Waits for New Trump Executive Order
- Trump Administration Hits Pause on Transgender Lawsuit
Jan LaRue is Senior Legal Analyst with the ACRU. She formerly served as Chief Counsel at Concerned for Women, Legal Studies Director at Family Research Council, and Senior Counsel for the National Law Center for Children and Families. She is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, and co-author of How to Protect Your Child in an X-Rated World. She has spoken, debated, and written extensively on abortion, pornography, judicial activism and nominations, freedom of speech, and religion.
Recent Articles by Jan LaRue
- Will Vulnerable Democrats Drown in Schumer’s ‘Mainstream’?
- DOJ Strong-Arms Local Law Enforcement
- Americans Have Elected Sinners since Our Founding
J. Christian Adams
J. Christian Adams is the President and General Counsel of the Public Interest Legal Foundation. He served from 2005 to 2010 in the Voting Section at the United States Department of Justice. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department. He litigates election law cases throughout the United States and brought the first private party litigation resulting in the cleanup of corrupted voter rolls under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. He represented multiple presidential campaigns in election litigation. He successfully litigated the landmark case of United States v. Ike Brown in the Southern District of Mississippi, the first case brought under the Voting Rights Act on behalf of a discriminated-against white minority in Noxubee County. Prior to his time at the Justice Department, he served as General Counsel to the South Carolina Secretary of State. He also serves as legal editor at PJ Media and appears frequently on Fox News and has appeared at National Review, Breitbart, the Washington Examiner, American Spectator, Washington Times and other publications. He also serves on the Policy Board of the American Civil Rights Union. He has a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the South Carolina and Virginia Bars.
Recent Articles by J. Christian Adams
- No, We Don’t Need National Voting Standards
- Illegal Alien Voter Convicted in Texas is Tip of the Iceberg
- Why the North Carolina Voter ID Case Matters
Christopher Coates, ACRU General Counsel, is the former Chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. He worked in the Voting Section from 1996 through 2009 and while there was involved in numerous voting rights suits on behalf of black, American Indian, and Hispanic voters. He was also the lead attorney in U.S. v. Brown, the first case ever filed by the Department of Justice under the Voting Rights Act that successfully challenged racial discrimination by minority election officials against white voters. He was also the supervising attorney in U.S. v. New Black Panther Party, a case that challenged the voter intimidation practices of a black racist organization and that was dismissed in large part by the Obama administration after it took office. In 2007, he was awarded the Walter W. Barnett Memorial Award, the Civil Rights Division’s second highest award for excellence in advocacy.
In 2012 and as an attorney in private practice, Mr. Coates was one of the attorneys who successfully represented the State of South Carolina in its defense of its voter photo ID law. As an attorney with the Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1976 through 1984, he represented numerous minority plaintiffs in voting and other civil rights cases. From 1985 to 1996, he was in private practice in Milledgeville, Georgia where he continued his voting rights and other civil rights practice as well as participation in representation of local governments. In 1991, he was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Decade Award by the Georgia NAACP for his work in voting rights and civil rights law.
Over his 42 year legal career, he has spoken to various organizations of both conservative and liberal perspective, including bar associations, on the subject of voting rights. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1967 and from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1972. He presently resides in Charleston, SC.
John Armor was of legal counsel to the ACRU from its inception in 1999 until his untimely passing in August 2010. He held a B.A., Yale, 1964 and J.D., Maryland Law School, 1970 and had a long and distinguished legal career, practicing before the U.S. Supreme Court for 33 years and authoring eight books and hundreds of articles. His book, These Are the Times That Try Men’s Souls: America Then and Now in the Words of Tom Paine, is available here.
A favorite at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) and Tea Party events, especially in North Carolina where he lived, Armor dressed in colonial garb and impersonated Benjamin Franklin, explaining the origins of American liberties to 21st Century audiences (right).
Armor, on behalf of the ACRU, was one of the few attorneys to write an amicus brief in the presidential election case in 2000. He was a well known legal scholar of American politics, particularly third party movements and represented Eugene McCarthy during the Minnesota Senator’s challenge of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s presidency in 1968.
Final Articles by John Armor