Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway PPS’91 to Speak at Sanford

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway PPS ’91 will speak at the Sanford School on Wednesday, April 2.  His talk, “Civil Rights in the 21st Century: Law and Social Change,” will be in the Rhodes Conference Room at 4:30 p.m.

Conway is serving his second term as Kentucky attorney general. He worked with the state legislature to craft cyber safety laws, laws closing “rogue” pain clinics and has brought suits against subprime mortgage lenders. He is considering a run for governor of Kentucky in 2015.

Earlier this spring, Conway’s refusal to continue defending Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage made national news. He made the announcement via video and press release soon after a ruling by U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn on Feb. 12 striking down the state law, the first such ruling in the South.   

“There are those who believe it’s my mandatory duty, regardless of my personal opinion, to continue to defend this case through the appellate process…  However, I came to the inescapable conclusion that, if I did so, I would be defending discrimination. That I will not do. As Attorney General of Kentucky, I must draw the line when it comes to discrimination,” he said in the video.

Conway will discuss this decision and other current issues of civil rights and social change. His talk is the first in a new speaker series sponsored by the undergraduate Public Policy Majors Union.