Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is set to deliver a lecture on criminal justice reform Wednesday at Georgetown Law — nine months after she was fired by President Donald Trump for failing to do her job in the department that can deliver criminal justice reform.
Trump fired Yates — who had also served as the deputy attorney general under former President Barack Obama — on Jan. 30 after she refused to implement the Justice Department’s instructions to carry out the president’s initial travel ban executive order.
After her dismissal from the Justice Department, Yates found herself a hero of the left for standing up to Trump and his administration while refusing to carry out her duty as acting attorney general.
But on Nov. 1, Yates is set to deliver a lecture titled, “Criminal Justice Reform: How We Got Here, Why We Need It, and the Path Forward,” at Georgetown Law’s annual Philip A. Hart Memorial Lecture.
Back in July, Yates accused Trump of “attempting to dismantle the rule of law, destroy the time-honored independence of the Justice Department, and undermine the career men and women who are devoted to seeking justice day in and day out, regardless of which political party is in power” in an op-ed for “The New York Times.”