Delivering Democracy Lecture

Delivering Democracy Lecture 2019 - Eric H. Holder Jr.

Join us for the 2019 Delivering Democracy Lecture featuring The Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-2015).

Participate in the Community Resource Fair and enjoy the mini-concert by the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church choir preceding Holder's insightful and timely talk. 

Free  |  Open to the Public  |  Tickets Required
Registration is now open!

About the Lecture:

Inaugurated in 2014, the annual Delivering Democracy Lecture has become one of the most anticipated events at ASU and in the communities of which the university and the center are a part. The lecture invites us all to consider the nature of democracy and the subtle, explicit, historic and contemporary issues that shape this essential national ideal. The Delivering Democracy Lecture features visionary individuals who challenge the traditional boundaries of democratic ideals and address key challenges that emerge around issues of race and democracy. The CSRD envisions the Delivering Democracy Lecture as a safe and inclusive space that enables us to overcome polarization and division. Join us for a memorable afternoon that provides an invaluable opportunity to enhance our shared understanding of the roots and possibilities of democratic striving.

Program Schedule:
2 p.m.Community Resource Fair

Attendee Check-in Begins
4 p.m.Program Begins

Mini-Concert - Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Choir
Delivering Democracy Lecture Begins

Registration Information:

  • Individual registrations must be completed for each person attending. 
  • The same email and contact information can be used for multiple registrations, but we do request the name of each person attending. Those with duplicate registrations will be contacted.
  • The registration form can also be accessed through Eventbrite:
  • If you have any questions, please contact our office at 602-496-1376 or by email at

Eric Holder ImageEric H. Holder Jr.

82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-2015) and Partner, Covington & Burling, LLP

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. was born in New York City and attended public schools there, graduating from Stuyvesant High School, before earning a bachelor of arts in American history from Columbia College in 1973 and a juris doctor from Columbia Law School in 1976.

Upon his graduation from law school, Holder joined the Department of Justice through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section, where he investigated and prosecuted corruption involving officials in local, state and federal government. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan appointed Holder to serve as an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where he presided over hundreds of criminal and civil trials during his five years on the bench. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Holder to serve as the United States attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Holder to serve as Deputy Attorney General of the United States, a position that he held until the end of the Clinton Administration. He was the first African-American to serve as Deputy Attorney General and United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. At the request of President George W. Bush, Holder served as Acting Attorney General in 2001 pending the confirmation of Attorney General John Ashcroft.

In July 2001, Holder joined the Washington, D.C., law firm of Covington & Burling as a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group, where he represented clients in complex civil and criminal cases as well as internal corporate investigations.

President Barack Obama nominated Holder to be Attorney General and the United States Senate confirmed his nomination on February 2, 2009. Holder began his service as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States the following day. He was the first African- American to serve in that position. He remained in office until April 27, 2015, becoming the third-longest-serving Attorney General in the nation’s history.

While Attorney General, Holder oversaw the government’s efforts to address many critically important issues arising at the intersection of law and public policy, including national security investigations and prosecutions; landmark antitrust, environmental, fraud and tax cases; the defense of voting rights and marriage equality; and reform of the federal criminal justice system. In 2014, TIME magazine named Holder to its list of “100 Most Influential People,” stating that he “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.”

After his departure from the Department of Justice, Holder returned to Covington & Burling and is resident in their Washington office. He focuses on complex litigation and investigatory matters that are international in scope and raise significant enforcement issues and substantial reputational concerns. Holder’s many civic commitments have included service on the boards of Columbia University, the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Meyer Foundation and the Save the Children Foundation, among many others. He also served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission Ad Hoc Advisory Group.

Holder has received numerous awards and honorary degrees in recognition of his professional and civic contributions, including the NAACP “Chairman’s Award,” the Department of Justice’s “John F. Kennedy Award,” the District of Columbia Bar Association’s “Beatrice Rosenberg Award,” George Washington University’s “Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal for Outstanding Service in Human Rights,” and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ “Robert F. Kennedy Justice Prize.” The District of Columbia Bar Association has recognized Holder as its “Lawyer of the Year,” and in 2008, the Legal Times named him as one of the “Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Past 30 Years". Most recently he was awarded the 2016 "Minority Corporate Counsel Association's Lifetime Achievement Award."



Venue:Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church photo

The Delivering Democracy Lecture will be held at:

     Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
     1401 E. Jefferson Street
     Phoenix, AZ  85041


Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church is located on E. Jefferson Road between 14th and 15th Streets and is easily accessible from the I-10.

For detailed driving directions from your location, visit Google Maps ( and select "Directions" on the map. You can also contact our office for assistance at 602-496-1376.


Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church's main parking lot accessible from 15th Street. Additional parking is located west of the church on 14th Street south of E. Jefferson. This lot is unpaved.

Public Transportation:

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church is conveniently accessible by public transportation. The closest Phoenix Light Rail stop is at 12th Street and E. Jefferson St., and there is a bus stop at the church on E. Jefferson St., east of 14th St. The CSRD highly recommends using public transportation. Visit for ligh trail and bus schedules.

Volunteer in support of the "Delivering Democracy Lecture" featuring the Honorable Eric. H. Holder, Jr.!

Your service as a volunteer will help make this program a great success and have a positive impact on our community. Be an Architect of Change and sign up to volunteer with the CSRD!

Volunteer Information:

  • Scroll down to see all of the available shifts.
    (If you have any issues with the registration, you can access it at
  • Volunteer shifts are available everyday leading up to lecture, on the day of, and in the week following (today through April 25, 2018)
  • Each volunteer shift is a minimum of 1 hour
  • Volunteers may sign up for multiple shifts, on multiple days. You may volunteer as much or as little as you’d like.
  • CSRD will sign off on community service/volunteer paperwork or write letters on your behalf
  • Volunteers are guaranteed a ticket to the lecture
  • If these shifts do not fit with your schedule, but you would still like to volunteer, please contact us to arrange a custom volunteer schedule 

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Delivering Democracy Lecture would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. We are extremely grateful for their help to make this event possible! Please join us in thanking the following organizations: (Click the logo or name to learn more about each contributor.)


Intel LogoAPS Logo
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church logoMaricopa Community College logo
SRP LogoAlice Catherine - A Halyard Robinson Family Foundation
ASU Office of Inclusion and 
Community Engagement
Helios Education Foundation
ASU GammageCongressman Ed Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service and
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, ASU
Phoenix SunsRachel Frazier Johnson Law
School of Social Transformation, ASUThe Academy for Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, ASU
The Phoenix Chapter of the Links, Inc.
City of Phoenix Public WorksRufus and Debra Glasper
Global Sport Institute, ASU
Carole and Booker Henry
Hensley Beverage Company
Janis Lipman and Gregory Altschuh
ASU Office of the Senior Vice President &
Secretary of the University
Phoenix AKARAMA Foundation,
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportSchool of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, ASU
School of Civic & Economic Thought and Leadership, ASUArizona Black Bar
Beryl Coppock BakerBarrett, the Honors College, ASU
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - 
Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, ASU
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. - 
Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter
Reynolds LD Saddler and Lillie Jackson Saddler, EdD
Verna Hamilton Washington
Ageez Hair Center - Phoenix and Chandler
ASU Black Alumni ChapterCarol and Virgil Berry, Jr.
Cross-Cultural Dynamics, LLCFirst Institutional Baptist Church
Ann Hart, EdD
The Hart of Education, LLC
Historic Tanner Chapel A.M.E. Church
Julia C. Patrick - The American Nonprofit AcademyLincoln Ragsdale, Jr.
Connie RobinsonArizona Asian American Bar Association
Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, ASUPeter and Catherine Hemingway
Ernest C. Jackson and Tijuani Phelps JacksonRobin B. Reid
Jannah ScottAttorney Benjamin Taylor
Eric Holder Image
Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 4:00pm

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
1401 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix