April 14, 2024

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Eastern Time

ACS South Florida: An Evening With Barbara McQuade and Willy Ferrer

Books & Books in Coral Gables, Coral Gables, FL

American society is more polarized than ever before. We are strategically being pushed apart by disinformation—the deliberate spreading of lies disguised as truth—and it comes at us from all sides: opportunists on the far right, Russian misinformed social media influencers, among others. It’s endangering our democracy and causing havoc in our electoral system, schools, hospitals, workplaces, and in our Capitol. Advances in technology including rapid developments in artificial intelligence threaten to make the problems even worse by amplifying false claims and manufacturing credibility.

Please join the ACS South Florida Lawyer Chapter for a discussion with legal scholar and analyst Barbara McQuade, who discusses her new book, Attack from Within, and shows us how to identify the ways disinformation is seeping into all facets of our society and how we can fight against it. 


Barbara McQuade is a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School, her alma mater, where she teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, national security, and data privacy. She is also a legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and a co-host of the podcast #SistersInLaw. From 2010 to 2017, McQuade served as U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. McQuade was appointed by President Barack Obama, and was the first woman to serve in her position. Earlier in her career, she worked as a sports writer and copy editor, a judicial law clerk, an associate in private practice, and an assistant U.S. attorney. She and her husband have four children and live in Ann Arbor.


Wifredo A. “Willy” Ferrer, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, is the chair of Holland & Knight’s Global Compliance and Investigations Team and the executive partner of the firm’s Miami office. Mr. Ferrer focuses his practice primarily on internal corporate investigations, corporate compliance and training, and white collar criminal defense.

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