MP01 Why Bar Associations Matter for Democracy (2021CLC)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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About the Program

The internet has made us more connected than ever—but it has also amplified the effects of disinformation, which may be the greatest threat to democracy we face today. But protecting against this threat isn't just the responsibility of tech companies and the government. Disinformation exploits a self-created vulnerability in America: A decline in social trust caused by tribalization and a fragmentation of our shared identity as American citizens. Asha Rangappa explains why bar associations are important laboratories for the practice of democracy—and how they can be on the front lines in restoring civic values to our democratic social fabric. 

Asha Rangappa is a senior lecturer at the Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a former associate dean at Yale Law School. Upon graduation from Princeton University, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study constitutional reform in Bogotá, Colombia. Attorney Rangappa has published op-eds in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post, among others, and has appeared on NPR, BBC, and several major television networks. She is an editor for Just Security and is currently a legal and national security analyst for CNN.  

This plenary will not be recorded. 


Asha Rangappa_2021 Asha Rangappa
Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, New Haven



Monte Frank Monte E. Frank
Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport