Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers

Patricia Williams

The year-long Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series brings to Washington University nationally and internationally prominent experts in such areas as civil rights, racial justice, capital punishment, international human rights, 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 seventeenth year.  

The 2014-15 series features an outstanding line-up of judges, lawyers, authors, and academics with expertise in public interest law and policy. Each program is free of charge and open to the public. Each talk will be in Anheuser-Busch Hall. Each talk provides MCLE 1.0, with the exception of Yadama/Katzman and Briggs. For more information, contact Karen Tokarz at 314.935.6414 or

Parking Information: Visitors are encouraged to use the Danforth University Center underground parking garage located on campus. For directions, see Campus Map.  

2014-2015 Speakers

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Monday, September 8, 2014
Kenji Yoskino   Speaker: KENJI YOSHINO | New York University Law School
Topic: Covering: The Hidden Assault on our Civil Rights
Co-Sponsors: First Year Reading Program, Assembly Series, OUTLaw, OUT Grads, and American Constitution Society
Event Video: [view]
Constitution Day - Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Sherrilyn Ifill   Speaker: SHERRILYN IFILL | NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
Topic: From Brown to Ferguson: the Unfinished Business of Civil Rights
Co-Sponsors: Assembly Series; Education; History; African & African American Studies; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Urban Studies; American Culture Studies; Office of the Provost (VP for Diversity); MO History Museum; and the School of Law Clinical Education Program, Black Law Students Association, Women’s Law Caucus, American Constitution Society, and Dispute Resolution Society.
Event Video:  [view]
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Patricia Williams   Speaker: PATRICIA WILLIAMS | Columbia University Law
Topic: Love in the Time of Identity Wars 
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (no. 310) | Book signing
Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series; Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities; Center for the Humanities; Law, Identity and Culture Initiative; Provost’s Office (VP for Diversity); BLSA; Women’s Law Caucus
Event Audio:  [Audio]
Monday, October 13, 2014  
Gautam Yadama
Mark Katzman 

GAUTAM YADAMA, Washington University School of Social Work
MARK KATZMAN, St. Louis Photographer
Topic: Fires, Fuel and the Fate of 3 Billion: The State of the Energy Impoverished
Time: 5:00 PM (The talk will be followed by a reception in the Crowder Courtyard in honor of the McDonnell Scholars and the LLMs.)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (no. 310) Book Signing and Reception Immediately Following
Co-sponsors: Assembly Series, McDonnell Scholars Academy, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, International Law Society, Law & Social Work Society
Event Video: [view]

Monday, October 20, 2014  

Speaker:  JENNIFER TAUB | Vermont Law School
Topic: Other People’s Houses: How Decades of Bailouts, Captive Regulators, and Toxic Bankers Made Home Mortgages a Thrilling Business
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (no. 310) | Book signing preceding
Co-sponsors: Olin School of Business; Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government & Public Policy; Brown School Center for Social Development
Event Video: [view]

Thursday, January 22, 2015
  Speaker: XAVIER DE SOUZA BRIGGS | V.P., Ford Foundation, Economic Opportunity & Assets Program
Topic: Creating a Just and Inclusive America
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location:  Brown Lounge, Brown Hall, School of Social Work | Book signing preceding
Co-Sponsors: Assembly Series; School of Law Access to Justice Speaker Series, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program, Dispute Resolution Society, and Law & Social Work Society; Brown School of Social Work Center for Social Development 20th Anniversary; Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy; and Sociology Department
Event Video: [view]
Friday, February 20, 2015 
Larry Helfer   Speaker: LARRY HELFER | Duke University Law
Topic: LGBT Rights in International and Comparative Law: Progress and Contestation
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (no. 310)
Co-sponsors: In conjunction with the annual LBGTQ Midwest Law Conference, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Provost’s Office (VP for Diversity), International Law Society, OUTGrads, OUTLaw
Event Video: [view]
Monday, March 16, 2015 
  Speaker: PAULETTE BROWN | President-Elect, American Bar Association
Topic: Celebrating International Women’s Day
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (no. 310), Reception following
Co-sponsors: Women’s Law Caucus, Women of Color Law Society, American Constitution Society, Student Bar Association Diversity Committee, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Society, Mound City Bar, Women Lawyers Association of Greater St. Louis
Event Video: [view]
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
  Speaker: STEPHANIE FARRIOR | Vermont Law School
Topic: International Human Rights Law in Action: Lessons from the Field
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Cullenbine Classroom (no. 305)
Co-sponsors: Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, International Law Society, American Constitution Society, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Society, and OUTLaw.
Event Video: [view]
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Darius Clark Monroe   Speaker: DARIUS CLARK MONROE  | Documentary Filmmaker
Topic:  Darius Clark Monroe will speak and show his film "Evolution of a Criminal
Time: 4-6 p.m.
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom
Sponsors: Washington University Prison Education Program; History Department; Psychology Department; Provost’s Office; Center for the Humanities; American Culture Studies; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program; African & African American Studies Program; and the School of Law Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Society, and American Constitution Society
Event Video: [view]

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