Wednesday, September 14, 2016

          Meeting Of The Minds: Endowed lectures bring eminent speakers to UC Hastings

          Enhancing the intellectual life of the campus and community.
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          “For decades, UC Hastings has brought stellar public figures to campus as part of our distinguished lecture series.” - Acting Chancellor and Dean David Faigman

          A federal appeals court judge, a state water regulator, and a leading constitutional law scholar are among the superstars to speak at UC Hastings’ prestigious endowed lecture series and faculty colloquium this academic year. 

          “The lectures, which are funded by generous donations from alumni or friends of the law school, would not be possible without the benevolence of those who wish to see UC Hastings excel,” said Professor and Associate Dean for Research Scott Dodson, who organizes the talks. “The lectures enhance the intellectual life of the campus and community.”

          Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will deliver the Mathew O. Tobriner Memorial Lecture on Oct. 26, discussing campaign finance. Judge Fletcher spent more than two decades as a UC Berkeley law professor, specializing in federal courts and civil procedure, before President Bill Clinton appointed him to the bench in 1998.

          “He’s a real icon in both judicial and academic circles,” Dodson said.

          Established in 1982 in honor of the late California Supreme Court Justice Mathew Tobriner, the annual lecture invites prominent legal minds to explore a current constitutional law topic. Past speakers have included U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justices William Brennan and Harry Blackmun, and Columbia Law School Dean Barbara Black.

          This fall, Felicia Marcus, chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board, delivered the Gordon Mathis Riley Memorial Lecture on the importance of water control in the context of the drought. The annual talk, created in honor of Gordon Mathis Riley, a UC Hastings student who died in 2012 during his first year of law school, focuses on environmental law, science, and policy. Past speakers include William Reilly, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator and World Wildlife Fund president; and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt.

          This spring, the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Lecture will welcome a speaker, to be announced, to discuss the role of law and policy in promoting peace. Ambassador William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, gave the talk in 2016.

          High-profile scholars will also visit UC Hastings this fall for a lunchtime colloquium series open to faculty. Speakers include Mark Tushnet, a Harvard professor who is among the nation’s leading constitutional law and legal history scholars. Devon Carbado, a UCLA law professor who focuses on criminal procedure and race, and Kathryn Judge, a Columbia law professor specializing in capital markets, will also participate.

          “The lectures are an opportunity to hear a luminary in the field talk about a critical issue,” Dodson said. “They are incredible community-building events, and they enrich the UC Hastings experience.”

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