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2014

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.” 


2012

Advocates for the Innocent: Gordon (Randy) Steidel, death row exoneree; Michale Callahan, retired Illinois State Police lieutenant; John Hanlon, Legal Director of the Illinois Innocence Project. Listen to WSIU radio interview


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”