Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers
Governor Romney, Dean Staudt and Cash Nickerson
The 2018-2019 Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series features an outstanding line-up of judges, lawyers, authors, and academics with expertise in public interest law and policy. The year-long, interdisciplinary 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 twenty-first year. Each program is free of charge and open to the public. All programs will be held in Anheuser-Busch Hall, unless otherwise noted. All of the following talks provide 1.0 hour of Continuing Legal Education credit: Karen Musalo, Prof. Daniel Epps, Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert, and Michael McLively. For more information, contact Karen Tokarz at 314.935.6414. Parking Information: Visitors are encouraged to review the University parking web site at for detailed information about parking on campus.

See below for the upcoming speakers for the 2018-2019 season.

Tuesday, Septmeber 18, 2018

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah GoldbergSenior Editor, National Review and Asness Chair in Applied Liberty, American Enterprise Institute PROFILE
Topic: Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy    Learn more
Co-Sponsors:  Show-Me Institute
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Karen Musalo

Karen MusaloJD, Bank of America Foundation Chair in International Law, director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, director of the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic, Hastings School of Law and counsel for A-B in Asylum Case PROFILE
Topic: Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Crisis in U.S. Policy    Learn more
Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series, Brown School of Social Work, and the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy
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Panelists:  Stephen Legomsky,  John S. Lehmann University Professor Emeritus, Washington University School of Law, Nicole T.S. Cortes, JD/MSW ’12, attorney and co-director, Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project (MICA), Katie Herbert Meyer, JD ’03, assistant Professor of Practice and director, WashULaw Immigration Clinic, Robert S. Sagastume, MSW/MSP candidate, December 2019, Brown School of Social Work 

Reception will follow at 5:30 PM

Friday, September 28, 2018
Topic: First Mondays Podcast    Learn more
Co-Sponsors: Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series
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Dan EppsDan Epps
WashULaw, Associate Professor PROFILE
Ian SamuelsIan Samuels
Associate Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Monday, October 8 2018

Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert

Christine Van den WyngaertJudge, International Criminal Court PROFILE
Topic: World Peace Through International Criminal Justice: The Role of International Courts and Tribunals    Learn more
Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute
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Thursday, October 25, 2018 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Tarana Burke

Tarana BurkeFounder, me too Movement PROFILE
Topic: Me Too    Learn more
Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series, Olin Fellowship Conference

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Friday, November 2, 2018 – 9:15 – 10:00 AM

Michael McLively

Michael McLivelySenior Staff Attorney and Director, Urban Gun Violence Initiative, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence PROFILE
Topic: The U.S. Gun Violence Crisis    Learn more
Co-Sponsors: Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Washington University Institute for Public Health, and the American Branch of the International Law Association, Committee on Human Rights
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Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Radley Balko

Radley BalkoCriminal Justice Journalist, The Washington Post; Author, “The Rise of the Warrior Cop” PROFILE
Topic: A True Story of Injustice in the American South    Learn more
Co-Sponsors: Center for Integrity in Forensic Science, American Constitution Society, Federalist Society In conjunction with symposium on Where’s The Science in Forensics Science?
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