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When Laura Coates joined the Department of Justice as a prosecutor, she wanted to advocate for the most vulnerable among us. But she quickly realized that even with the best intentions, “the pursuit of justice creates injustice.”
In Just Pursuit, we see that no matter how fair you try to fight, being Black, a woman, and a mother are identities often at odds in the justice system. Coates and her colleagues face seemingly impossible situations as they teeter between what is right and what is just. Through revelatory and captivating scenes from the courtroom, Laura Coates explores the tension between the idealism of the law and the reality of working within the parameters of our flawed legal system.
Laura Coates is a CNN senior legal analyst, SiriusXM host, and adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law. A former federal prosecutor, Coates served as Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, specializing in the enforcement of voting rights throughout the United States. As a civil rights attorney, she traveled throughout the nation supervising local and national elections and led investigations into allegations of unconstitutional voting practices. In private practice, Laura was an intellectual property litigator with an expertise in First Amendment and media law. A graduate of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, and the University of Minnesota Law School, Coates resides outside of Washington, DC, with her husband and two children.
April Ryan is a White House Correspondent and appears frequently on CNN as a political analyst She is also the Washington D.C Bureau Chief on TheGrio. Ryan has been featured in Essence, Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Elle magazines, and served on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association. She is the author of The Presidency in Black and White, At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White, and most recently, Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.