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John Ashcroft Discusses “Leadership in Challenging Times” Oct. 30

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft will deliver the Irving Brown Lecture Thursday, October 30, at Yale Law School. His talk is titled “Leadership in Challenging Times” and is sponsored by The Yale Law Federalist Society and the Young America’s Foundation. The lecture takes place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Yale Law School auditorium and is free and open to the public.

John Ashcroft currently serves as chairman of The Ashcroft Group, LLC, which provides strategic consulting to corporations worldwide in homeland security, corporate governance, litigation and settlements and data security.

He served as Attorney General of the United States under George W. Bush from 2001-2005, presiding over a tough antiterrorism campaign, establishing the Corporate Fraud Task Force, and implementing President Bush’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. He was a United States Senator from Missouri from 1995-2001, Governor of Missouri from 1985-1993, and Missouri's Attorney General from 1976-1985.

Prior to entering public service, Ashcroft taught business law at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield. He authored a book honoring his father, Lessons from a Father to His Son, and co-authored multiple editions of two college law textbooks with his wife, Janet. His career of public service began in 1973 as Missouri Auditor.

He holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.