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The Washington Post names Paul Butler, Kate Cohen and Edward B. Foley contributing opinion columnists

Butler will write about criminal justice and race issues; Cohen will comment on the intersection of culture and politics; Foley will offer insight on election law.

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The Washington Post today announced three new contributors to its Opinions section: Paul Butler, professor at Georgetown University Law School and former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, will write on issues at the convergence of criminal justice and race. Author Kate Cohen will provide commentary on the intersection of faith, family, politics and culture. Edward B. Foley, head of Ohio State University’s election law program, will offer insight on election law.

“As the nation engages in discussions about the application of criminal justice, the role of faith in politics and culture, and our election, these writers will offer our readers expert views into these defining issues of our time,” said Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor.

Learn more about the writers:

Paul Butler is the Albert Brick Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School and an MSNBC analyst. He was the Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School and was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a special assistant U.S. Attorney, prosecuting street crime in the District of Columbia. He clerked for Judge Mary Johnson Lowe of the U.S. District Court in New York, and then joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C.

Kate Cohen is a writer from Albany, New York. Her essays — whether print, online, radio, or live — seek to distill observations of family, politics, and culture into moments of clarity and insight. She also writes nonfiction documentary scripts, including the Emmy Award-winning “Rising: The Rebuilding of Ground Zero “and the Gold Panda award-winning “How China Works.” She is the author of two books, “A Walk Down the Aisle: Notes on a Modern Wedding” and “The Neppi Modona Diaries: Reading Jewish Survival Through My Italian Family.” She grew up in Virginia and has a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Dartmouth College.

Edward B. Foley holds the Ebersold Chair in Constitutional Law at Ohio State University. He also serves as an NBC News election law analyst. In 2016, his book “Ballot Battles: The History of Disputed Elections in the United States” was named a finalist for the David J. Langum Sr. Prize in American Legal History; his most recent book, “Presidential Elections and Majority Rule,” explores the conception and evolution of the Electoral College, while making the case for reform. Foley clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987-88 and Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 1986-87. He has also served as state solicitor in the office of Ohio’s attorney general.

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