About: David Halperin

David Halperin

Twitter: @DaHalperin
Bio: David Halperin, a self-employed lawyer based in Washington DC, engages in public advocacy work on a wide range of issues, including higher education and climate change. He also advises organizations and companies on strategy, policy, communications, and legal matters, and he is of counsel to Public.Resource.org. Halperin was previously: founding director of Campus Progress and senior vice president at the Center for American Progress; senior policy advisor for Howard Dean's presidential campaign; founding executive director of the American Constitution Society; White House speechwriter and special assistant for national security affairs to President Clinton; co-founder of the Internet company Progressive/RealNetworks; counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee; and law clerk to U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell. He has represented clients in the U.S. Supreme Court and various state and federal courts. He writes at Republic Report, and his articles also have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Nation, Politico, Slate, Foreign Policy, and other outlets. In recent years he has testified before the House Oversight Committee and at the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Transportation, and spoken at major events held by the National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Federation of America, Arizona State University, American Educational Research Association, and Center for American Progress. Halperin has served for more than a decade on the board of directors of Public Citizen. He graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School.

September 28, 2020

Those Troubling For-Profit College Emails: Read Them Here

Last week, US News reported on a pair of emails that Steve Gunderson, the CEO of the for-profit colleges’ trade association, CECU, sent to his members.   In one, Gunderson, a former Republican congressman, makes blatant the organization’s preference for a Donald Trump and GOP victory in 2020 — a partiality that is not surprising, given
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September 4, 2020

CEHE CEO Tells Employees Judge’s Fraud Verdict Was “Political,” Vows Appeal

Eric Juhlin, the CEO of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, has emailed his employees declaring a Colorado judge’s recent $3 million fraud verdict against the company and its schools a “political” decision and pledging to file an appeal. Juhlin followed up with a message instructing employees to tell students that the judge’s ruling
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September 1, 2020

25 Questions to Ask People Still Considering Trump

When the coronavirus was spreading in January, President Trump said it was “one person coming in from China” and “totally under control” and that everything would be “just fine.” As the virus continued to spread across the US in May, Trump pressed governors to lift restrictions. In June he told a campaign rally that he
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August 22, 2020

21 Questions for RNC Delegates Gathered in Charlotte to Nominate Trump

I’m here in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Republicans have gathered to nominate Donald J. Trump as their presidential candidate for 2020, and where Trump is scheduled to appear Monday.  If you happen to encounter any of the GOP delegates in Charlotte, maybe during their brewery tour, live jazz outing, or golf event, here are a
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August 21, 2020

Big Win For Students: Colorado Court Slaps Carl Barney Colleges With $3 Million Fraud Verdict

Almost three years after Colorado’s attorney general took the CollegeAmerica and Stevens-Henager chains of career training schools to trial on charges of defrauding students, a state judge finally issued a verdict: The schools are guilty of fraud and must pay a $3 million judgment, as penalties for violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act. The court
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August 7, 2020

Biden Must Drain His Own Swamp If Dems Want to Prevail

There’s an accelerating effort by progressive organizations to press Joe Biden to strip from his campaign and transition effort, and, if he wins, keep out of his administration, people who have worked — as lobbyists, lawyers, and corporate executives — to advance special interest goals that harm regular Americans. Biden and his team must heed
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August 6, 2020

Inside Arthur Keiser’s College Empire: Troubling Evidence

A close look into Arthur Keiser’s college operations, based on accounts by former school officials and employees, raises new questions about predatory recruiting, conflicts of interest, executive misconduct, and the validity of the non-profit status of his schools. Southeastern College is a Florida-based for-profit career school offering programs in health care, information technology, and business.
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August 5, 2020

Questions About the University of Arizona-Zovio Deal

University of Arizona faculty and others are already asking tough questions about the deal, announced Monday to the campus community via a 3:00 am email, for the school to acquire Ashford University from the for-profit education company Zovio. Professors are asking why many of the faculty were not consulted or even notified in advance about the
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