WASHINGTON—Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates will be joining Georgetown Law as a Distinguished Lecturer from Government, the Washington, D.C. based university announced Thursday.
“Georgetown has a long and distinguished history of rigorous and thoughtful academic dialogue and a commitment to social justice,” Yates said in a statement. “I look forward to being a part of this dynamic environment and interacting with their outstanding students and faculty.”
Yates has made headlines this year after President Donald Trump removed her from her position for telling Justice Department personnel to not enforce the administration’s initial ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
In a statement, then White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that Yates “betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”
Yates later made waves after Yates testified before a Senate panel that she had warned White House lawyers that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had lied about conversations between him and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
The discrepancies between what he had told the administration and what the FBI had discovered could open Flynn up to blackmail, Yates said.
Yates was fired four days after alerting the White House’s legal team.
Georgetown says Yates will “guest lecture and serve as a resource for students, participate in faculty workshops, and engage in other Law Center programming.”
“Sally Yates is an extraordinary public servant who has had a career of the greatest consequence,” Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor said in a statement. “It is a privilege to have her join our faculty this fall.”