Sally Yates Sally Yates, former acting U.S. attorney general

The University of Georgia School of Law is preparing for a lecture Friday from Sally Yates, the former acting U.S. attorney general famously fired by President Donald Trump for refusing to enforce an executive ban on travelers from predominately Muslim countries.

Yates will give the annual Edith House Lecture at 3:30 p.m. in Classroom A of the law school’s Hirsch Hall, the university has announced. The lecture will also be livestreamed at

Before she was acting U.S. attorney general, Yates was deputy attorney general. She also served as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia and was the first assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of that office.

Since her departure from the Justice Department, Yates has written and spoken out on law-related topics, often generating widespread attention and controversy. She has favored gun control, opposed money bail and challenged the Trump administration on multiple occasions. She has begun teaching at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Yates is a 1986 graduate of the UGA law school, where she was the executive articles editor of the Georgia Law Review. She also earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from UGA in 1992.

The Edith House Lecture is sponsored by the Women Law Students Association in honor of one of the first female graduates of Georgia Law. House, a native of Winder, was co-valedictorian of the law class of 1925, the first to graduate women.