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2014 Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture

Erwin Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky

"The Supreme Court and Civil Rights on the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964"

Thursday, March 27, 5 - 6 p.m.

Lesar Law Building, Auditorium

Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

The Hiram H. Lesar Distinguished Lecture Series was established to honor founding Dean Hiram H. Lesar, whose many personal and professional concerns included an interest in civil rights. It is therefore fitting that, on the 40th anniversary of the law school he helped create, we take time to consider the legacies of two of the most fundamental civil rights events in our country’s history. 

Before assuming his current position in 2008, Chemerinsky was a professor at Duke Law School, University of Southern California Law School, and DePaul College of Law. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including the forthcoming The Case Against the Supreme Court (Viking 2014), and over 200 law review articles. He regularly argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national media.

He was ranked #1 in the National Jurist’s recent list of the “Most Influential People in Legal Education.” 

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