Keynote Speaker: Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Eric H. Holder, Jr. is an internationally recognized leader on a broad range of legal issues and lifelong advocate for civil rights.

Including his tenure as the 82nd Attorney General (2009-2015), Holder served in government for more than 30 years, having been appointed to various positions requiring U.S. senate confirmation by Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Reagan. He was third longest-serving Attorney General in U.S. history and the first African American to hold that office. Under his leadership at the Justice Department, civil rights, including voting rights, were a top priority. In 2014, TIME magazine named him to its list of 100 Most Influential People, noting that he had “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.”

Holder, who was previously partner at Covington, rejoined the firm after his service as Attorney General. He currently advises clients on complex investigations and litigation matters.

Holder's highly anticipated book Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote - A History, A Crisis, A Plan was published in 2022.

Holder received both his bachelor’s degree and JD from Columbia University.