Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM ET

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Combating Hate, Racism, and Extremism: A Conversation with AG Karl Racine and Author Christian Picciolini

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Please join us for a conversation with Karl A. Racine, District of Columbia attorney general, president of the National Association of Attorneys General, and former Venable managing partner, as he discusses his newly launched initiative, The People v. Hate: Standing up for Humanity. AG Racine will be joined by Christian Picciolini, anti-extremism activist, former white-supremacist leader, and author of Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism. They will discuss the country’s history of radicalization, hate and extremism, and their respective efforts to counter hate and bias and promote social and racial justice.

We are honored to welcome AG Racine and Mr. Picciolini as they kick off our 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series, and we hope you can join us for this powerful conversation.


Attorney General Karl A. Racine is the first elected attorney general of the District of Columbia. With his inauguration in 2014, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) began an era of independence for the agency and accountability to District residents. Attorney General Racine has broad and deep legal experience, with a career that spans representing indigent residents in the D.C. Public Defender Service, serving as associate White House counsel in the first Clinton administration, and practicing white collar and commercial litigation with leading law firms. While at Venable, Attorney General Racine was the first African-American managing partner of a top 100 U.S. law firm, leading over 600 lawyers. He has also served on the District’s Judicial Nomination Commission. He is the 2021 president of the National Association of Attorneys General; his presidential initiative, The People v. Hate: Standing up for Humanity, is intended to raise awareness of hate and bias and prevent hate from taking root in our communities. Click here for more information.

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, public speaker, author, peace advocate, and former neo-Nazi extremist. Christian chronicled his involvement and exit from the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement in his memoir, White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement – and How I got Out. He examines his disengagement work and efforts to counter extremism and be a “hate breaker” in his second book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, published in February 2020 by Hachette Books. He leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network that has helped hundreds of individuals leave hate behind. Mr. Picciolini speaks frequently on countering racism and extremism, and his work has been featured widely on multiple national media. For more information check out his website.


Attorney General Karl A. Racine, Office of the Attorney General (OAG)

Christian Picciolini, Author

Nora E. Garrote, Partner in Charge, Diversity and Inclusion, Venable LLP

Claude Bailey, Partner, Venable LLP

Ian Volner, Partner, Venable LLP