Lawyers, Community and Impact Series
Message from the Dean:
Throughout the school year, you will hear me emphasize the importance of building and cultivating community—including through our physical spaces, our curriculum, our programming, and our interactions with one another. I am continually impressed with the energy, creativity, and sophistication of this community, with its members pushing the boundaries of discussion in the classroom, organizing terrific events, performing meaningful service, and constantly pursuing new ideas.
I consider this sort of proactive engagement to be a critically important part of the process of growing collectively as an inclusive, innovative, and empathic community. Many thoughtful discussions—in task forces, committees, and organized convenings—and informally, in hallway conversations between faculty, staff, and students are happening here each day.
The Community, Law and Impact Series emerged from some of these ongoing discussions; the overarching goal of this series, which is sponsored by the Dean’s Office, is to build community by bringing deeper context and perspective to the work we do both inside and outside the classroom. I hope you will all want to participate, and I look forward to hearing what you have to say!
A conversation with Professors Jeffrey Fagan and Olatunde Johnson will explore the possibilities and future of police reform in America.
Wednesday, September 14th, 12:10 pm to 1:10 pm in JG 103
Professor Richard Briffault and Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Projects, will discuss the history of voter identification laws as well as the impact of recent federal judicial rulings related to various states’ passage of these laws.
Thursday, September 29th, 12:10 pm to 1:10 pm in JG 103
Beyond the 1L Curriculum: Shelley v. Kraemer
In Shelley, the Supreme Court held that a state court could not enforce a racially restrictive covenant. Still, residential segregation by race is a persistent feature of American life. In this conversation, scholars of contracts, property, anti-discrimination, and constitutional law come together to talk across the curriculum about a landmark decision and its continuing legacy.
Thursday, April 14th, 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm in JG 103
Beyond the 1L Curriculum: Gideon v. Wainwright
More than half a century after the Supreme Court first declared a constitutional right to state-provided counsel for indigent criminal defendants, access to competent counsel remains one of the justice system's most vexing challenges. In this conversation, a scholar of criminal law, a judge and former prosecutor, and two clinical professors who have worked closely with indigent clients offer their unique perspectives on Gideon's legacy.
Wednesday, April 20th, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm in JG 103