The Decline of Democracy in Turkey by Jim Harrington

Jim Harrington

TCRP Director and Attorney

Born in Lansing, Michigan, Jim Harrington received his law degree in 1973 from the University of Detroit, from where he also had earned a Master’s degree in philosophy.

In 1990, Harrington founded the Texas Civil Rights Project, a statewide non-profit foundation that promotes social, racial, and economic justice and civil liberty, through the legal system and public education, for low income and poor persons. The Project has a staff of 40 with offices in Austin, El Paso, San Juan, Houston, and Odessa. Harrington has handled cases involving grand jury discrimination, voting rights, free speech and assembly, and the rights of persons with disabilities.

Harrington was an adjunct professor at University of Texas Law School for 27 years and continues to teach undergraduate writing courses at the university in civil liberties and history-making trials. He volunteered nearly ten years as a Saturday coordinator for the ecumenical Micah 6 food pantry.

Harrington has served on human rights delegations to Honduras and Nicaragua, Chile, Israel and Palestinian territories, and Guatemala. He has visited Turkey twice as part of interfaith and judicial delegations.

Harrington is author of Wrestling with Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Democracy in Turkey: The Political Trials and Times of Fethullah Gülen and The Texas Bill of Rights: A Commentary and Litigation Manual, myriad law review articles, a broad assortment of op-ed pieces, and a half-dozen legal self-help manuals. He has traveled nationally and internationally, lecturing on his books or discussing civil society.

His most recent book, which he co-authored, is Three Mystics Walk into a Tavern: A Once and Future Meeting of Rumi, Meister Eckhart, and Moses de León in Medieval Venice.

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