William Robert Wagner

Prof. William Robert Wagner

President & CEO, Salt & Light Global and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Professor William Wagner currently holds the academic rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. A frequent speaker at world conferences, William has a special interest in the protection of free expression and constitutional good governance under the rule of law. His writing is published in a number of articles, books and other publications, including a national best seller. As lead amicus counsel on a variety of matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, he authored briefs on behalf of various organizations. He also authored written testimony, evidence, and briefs in such forums as the Swedish Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, and the U.K. Parliament. He has further addressed many executive, legislative, parliamentary, and judicial audiences throughout the world, and presented at various diplomatic forums including the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

William previously served in the U.S. Courts as a federal judge. Prior to his appointment on the federal bench, he served as a legal advisor and the chief American diplomat for the Department of Justice at an American Embassy in Africa. William also served as a senior U.S. prosecutor, litigating hundreds of federal cases and serving as chief of appellate litigation for the Office of the U.S. Attorney. Prior to serving in the Justice Department, William served as legal counsel in the U.S. Senate.

William received the post-doctoral Danforth Fellowship in Law after earning his J.D. in 1986. He is a winner of the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award, given to the professor making the greatest contribution to the legal education of law students. He has served on the executive governing boards of a number of international and national ministries and non-profit corporations. William married his bride, Marilyn, over twenty-five years ago and together they home schooled their children.


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