Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers 2006-2007

The ninth annual, year-long, Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers Series,  "Access to Justice: The Social Responsibility of Lawyers," brings to Washington University nationally and internationally prominent experts in such areas as international human rights, the economics of poverty, racial justice, capital punishment, clinical legal education, government public service, and pro bono private practice.  [View speaker information - September - October - November -January - February - March ] 

Each program is free of charge and eligible for one MCLE credit hour.  Parking passes may be purchased at the door.  Click here for parking map.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Niehaus, Clinical Program Coordinator, (314) 935-6419 or


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Spring 2007

September - October - November -January - February - March 


Sherrilyn Ifill 

Sherrilyn Ifill


"Twenty-First Century Challenges to Racial Justice Lawyering"
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Speaker
Co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association

View Biography • Video (Includes Part 1 and 2) 


Adrienne Davis 

Adrienne Davis 


"Reparations as Transitional Justice"

21 February 2007 - 11:00 AM
Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom

Webster Society Annual Speaker
University Distinguished Visiting Scholar 

View Biography • Video (opens in a RealPlayer Window)


Linda Greenhouse 

Linda Greenhouse


"The New Supreme Court: Continuity and Change"

7 March 2007 - 4:00 p.m.
Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom

Tyrrell Williams Lecturer 


Robert Williams, Jr. 

Robert A. Williams, Jr. 


"Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights and the Legal History of Racism in America"

28 March 2007 - 11:00 a.m.
Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom

University Distinguished Visiting Professor

View Biography • Video (opens in a RealPlayer Window)


Fall 2006

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


Seymour Hersh 

Seymour Hersh


"Chain of Command: From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib and Beyond"
6 September 2006
Co-sponsored by the Assembly Series and the Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values

View BiographyQuotes from Lecture 


Marianne Wesson 


Marianne Wesson


"Unquiet Grave: The Hillmon Case and the Supreme Court"
27 September 2006
Co-sponsored by the Women's Law Caucus
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Bassiouni, Cherif 

Cherif Bassiouni 


"The Legal/Moral Legacy of Nuremberg and its Impact on International Criminal Justice"
29 September 2006
Keynote Speaker for Judgment at Nuremberg Conference
Co-sponsored by the Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies

View Biography • Video 



William Kovacic 

William Kovacic


"Competition Policy, Consumer Protection, and Economic Disadvantage"
4 October 2006
Co-sponsored by the Student Bar Association

View Biography •  Video 


Lucas Guttentag 

Lucas Guttentag


"Immigrants’ Rights in the Courts and Congress: Constitutional Protections and the Rule of Law after 9/11"
11 October 2006
Co-sponsored by Equal Justice Works

View Biography • Video 


Richard EpsteinRichard Epstein 


"Has Modern Complex Litigation Outgrown the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: The Case of Antitrust" 
31 October 2006
Co-sponsored by the Assembly Series and the Federalist Society

View Biography • Video 


Joseph Margulies 

Joseph Margulies


"Prisons Beyond the Law: Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power"
2 November 2006
Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Cardozo Society

View Biography • Video 


Richard A. Gephardt 

Rep. Richard Gephardt


"Addressing America’s Most Pressing Problems"
7 November 2006
Co-sponsored by the Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service

View Quotes from Lecture • Video 


Stephanie Wildman 

Stephanie Wildman 


"Race, Social Justice, and Democracy"
20 November 2006
Co-sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild

View Biography • Video 



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Past Speakers Series



Public Interest Law Speakers Series 2005-2006
Public Interest Law Speakers Series 2004-2005
Public Interest Law Speakers Series 2003-2004
Public Interest Law Speakers Series 2002-2003
Public Interest Law Speakers Series 2001-2002
Public Interest Law Speakers Series 2000-2001
Public Interest Law Speakers Series 1999-2000
Public Interest Law Speakers Series 1998-1999