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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.


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

Reporting from Ground Level in Haiti

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.

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

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”

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

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

Roger Cossack, ESPN Legal Analyst

“The Role of the Media in High Profile Trials”

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”

Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, Illinois Supreme Court Justice

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

L. Douglas Wilder, Former Governor of Virginia

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

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

“Speak Truth to Power”

Nadine Strossen, ACLU President

“Hate Speech on Campus”

Stephen Bright, Director, Southern Center for Human Rights

“A Privilege to Serve”

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

“A Passion for Justice”

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

“Physician Assisted Suicide: A Debate and Discussion”

Professor Stephen H. Legomsky, Washington University School of Law

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

Professor Geoffrey Hazard, Jr., University of Pennsylvania

“Morals, Ethics and Law”

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”

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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