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The Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture Series

The Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture Series was established by the School of Law in 1992 to honor founding Dean Hiram H. Lesar, whose many personal and professional concerns included an interest in civil rights.

 

2010
Sophie Lagueny , Chief of Party for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Haiti

Reporting from Ground Level in Haiti

2009
Christopher Nugent, Senior Counsel with the Community Services Team of Holland & Knight, LLP, Washington, D.C.

Highlighing the work that he & his firm are doing to assist Iraqi allies who are in peril for helping American soldiers.

2008
Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman for the District of Columbia

on the latest efforts to give the citizens of the District of Columbia a voting member of Congress


2007
Hans Blix, Chairman of International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction,

“Disarming Iraq: A firsthand account of the events leading up to the 2003 war”


2006
Honorable Priscilla Owen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit,

“What Does the Future Hold For Our Court Systems?”


2005
Roger Cossack, ESPN Legal Analyst

“The Role of the Media in High Profile Trials”


2004
Cheryl Brown Henderson and John Stokes, plaintiffs in Brown v Board of Education

“Separate But Equal: The Plaintiffs’ Perspective on the Landmark United States Supreme Court Case, Brown v Board of Education”


2003
Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, Illinois Supreme Court Justice

“Justice: A View from the Storefront Law Office to the Illinois Supreme Court”


2002
L. Douglas Wilder, Former Governor of Virginia

“Civil Rights in America: One Lawyer’s Perspective”


2001
Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, Former Executive Director of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial

“Speak Truth to Power”


2000
Nadine Strossen, ACLU President

“Hate Speech on Campus”


1999
Stephen Bright, Director, Southern Center for Human Rights

“A Privilege to Serve”


1998
Morris Dees, Co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Klanwatch

“A Passion for Justice”


1997
Professor Sandra H. Johnson, St. Louis University School of Law

“Physician Assisted Suicide: A Debate and Discussion”


1996
Professor Stephen H. Legomsky, Washington University School of Law

“E Pluribus Unum: Casual Slogan or Enduring Value?”


1995
Professor Geoffrey Hazard, Jr., University of Pennsylvania

“Morals, Ethics and Law”


1994
Professor Susan F. French, University of California School of Law, Los Angeles

“Under the Umbrella? Or Under the Thumb? Of the Homeowners Association: Pleasures and Pitfalls of Living in Common Interest Communities”


1993
Professor John M. Finnis, University College of Oxford University, England

“The Intrinsic Value of Human Life and the Right to Die — Reflections of Cruzan and Ronald Dworkin”


 

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