Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers 2008-2009

The year-long Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series brings to Washington University nationally and internationally prominent experts in such areas as international human rights, racial justice, capital punishment, immigration, clinical legal education, government public service, and pro bono private practice. Initiated by the Clinical Education Program in 1998 as part of the 25th anniversary of the program, this popular series is now in its eleventh year.  The 2008-09 series featured an outstanding line-up of speakers, with a superb mix of clinical law faculty, public interest lawyers, authors, and academics with expertise in public law and policy. All talks were held in the Anheuser Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Courtroom (No. 310). Each program was free of charge and open to the public. And, each talk provided MCLE 1.0, with the exception of the talk on Sept. 23.  For more information, contact Jeanne Heil-Chapdelaine at 314.935.7567.

Speakers 2008-2009

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Fall 2008

[September - October - November - January - February - March - April]

Terry Smith

2008 September 23
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Courtroom, Room 310
Speaker: Terry Smith, Fordham University [more]
(University Distinguished Visiting Scholar)

Topic: Politics and Post-Racialism: Reflections on the Meaning of a Black President
[view video]  

Betty Oyella Bigombe

2008 October 27
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall, Trial Courtroom, Room 309
Speaker: Betty Oyella Bigombe
Woodrow Wilson International Center [more]

Topic: The Challenges of Mediation: Peace Negotiations with the Lord's Resistance Army and Other Conflicts in Uganda
(co-sponsored by the Harris World Law Institute and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program) 
[view video

Mary Gade

2008 November 6
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Courtroom, Room 310
Speaker: Mary Gade, Former EPA Administrator


Topic:
 The Seven Dirty Words You Can Never Use at the EPA: Thoughts for a New Administration
[view video]

Philippe Sands

2008 November 12
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall, Trial Courtroom, Room 309
Speaker: Philippe Sands
University College London [more]

Topic: Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values
(co-sponsored by Harris World Law Institute)
[view video]

Evan Wolfson

2008 November 19
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Courtroom, Room 310
Speaker: Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry [more]

Topic: Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People's Right to Marry  
(co-sponsored by OUTLAW and Allies, the SBA Diversity Committee, and the Family Law Society)
[view video

[September - October - November - January - February - March - April]

Spring 2009

Michael Pinard

2009 January 22
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Courtroom, Room 310
Speaker: Michael Pinard, University of Maryland [more]


Topic:
 The Civil Rights Dimensions of Prisoner Reentry: the Impact on Individuals, Families, and Communities
(Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Speaker)
[view video]

Julia Preston

2009 February 2
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall, Trial Courtroom, Room 309
Speaker: Julia Preston, New York Times


Topic:
 Immigration: Enough Enforcement? The Crackdown and the Policy Options for the New Administration
(Co-sponsored by the Center Interdisciplinary Studies)
[view video]

Goodwin Liu

2009 February 23
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Courtroom, Room 310
Speaker: Goodwin Liu
University of California - Berkeley [more]

Topic: The Future of Civil Rights: Reflections and Renewal
[view video

Pam Samuelson

2009 March 26
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Courtroom, Room 310
Speaker: Pam Samuelson
University of California - Berkeley [more]

Topic: The Public Interest in Intellectual Property Law
(Co-sponsored by Center for Law, Innovation & Economic Growth)
[view video

Jane Spinak

2009 March 27
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Anheuser Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Courtroom, Room 310
Speaker: Jane Spinak, Columbia University [more]


Topic:
 Reforming Family Court: Getting It Right between Rhetoric and Reality
(Co-sponsored by Clinical Education Program, in conjunction with Access to Equal Justice Colloquium)
[view video