Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers 2016-2017

Governor Romney, Dean Staudt and Cash Nickerson

2016-2017 Speakers

The 2016-17 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 nineteenth year.

 


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

Brenda Hollis

Chief Prosecutor, Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone PROFILE
Topic: International Criminal Law: A View from the Trenches – The Accidental Jurist  
Co-Sponsors:  Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, International Law Student Association
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

Van Jones

President, Dream Corps PROFILE
Topic:  Green Jobs, Not Jail: Criminal Justice Reform, Racial Equity, and the Green Economy
Co-Sponsors:  Washington University Student Union Sustainability Lecture Series, in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability, Environmental Studies Program, Assembly Series, and Law, Identity & Culture Initiative; and U.S. Green Building Council


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

Jared Bernstein

Keynote Speaker, Conference on Grand Challenges in Social Work Policy; Senior Fellow, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities; Former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden  PROFILE
Topic: Social Innovation for America’s Renewal
Co-Sponsors:  Brown School Center for Social Development, American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, Brookings Institution, Society for Social Work & Research, Fund for Social Policy Education & Practice, the Federal Reserve Bank St. Louis, and the Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Dean Strang

Defense Attorney for Steven Avery, “Making a Murderer” (Netflix); Author, Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror (2013) PROFILE
Topic: Considering Systemic Injustice in Light of “Making a Murderer”: The Need for Criminal Justice Reform in America
Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series; Olin Business School


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Brittany Packnett

01.23.2015-Brittany Packett from the Ferguson Commission. James Byard / WUSTL PhotosVP of National Community Alliances for Teach For America PROFILE
Topic: Between the World and You: Our Duty to Fight for Freedom
Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series; First Year Book Program


MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016

Eboo Patel

Founder, Interfaith Youth Core; Author, “Interfaith Leadership” (2016) and “Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America” (2012) PROFILE[with JOHN INAZU, Professor of Law, Author, “Liberty: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly” (2012) and “Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference” (2016)] Topic: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America
Co-Sponsors:  Washington University Center for Diversity and Inclusion, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity, American Constitution Society, Federalist Society, Saudi Student Association, and Middle Eastern Law Student Association
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016

Imani Perry

Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University PROFILE
Topic: Looking for Lorraine (Hansberry): The Enduring Legacy of a Path-Breaking Playwright
Co-Sponsors:  Keynote Speaker, Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship, 25th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Reunion
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016

DOUGLAS MCADAM

Professor of Sociology, Stanford University PROFILE
Topic: What a Long, Strange Trip Its Been: Race, Social Movements, and the 2016 Presidential Race
Co-Sponsors:  Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy; the Department of Sociology
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016

ARSALAN IFTIKHAR

Founder, TheMuslimGuy.com; Senior Editor, The Islamic Monthly; Weekly Commentator, National Public Radio PROFILE
Topic: Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedom
Co-Sponsors:  Rabbi Isserman Lecture; Assembly Series, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Office of Residential Life, American Constitution Society, Federalist Society, Saudi Student Association, and Middle Eastern Law Student Association
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016

DAVID LOPEZ

General Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission PROFILE
Topic: Title VII: An American Conversation on Workplace Equality
Co-Sponsors:  Latin American Law Student Association, Black Law Students Association, Labor & Employment Law Society, Public Service Advisory Board, and OUTLaw
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016

TOM MAIER

Author, “Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love”  PROFILE

Topic: Sex in America, Then and Now: The Lasting Legacy of Masters and Johnson

Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series, Woman’s Club of WU, Arts & Sciences’ Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Medical Humanities Program, Brown School, School of Medicine, Health Promotion Services/ Peer Health Educators, J-CUBES, Phi Lambda Psi, and WU Political Review

MICHELLE ASHFORD

Creator and Show Runner, Showtime Series,” Masters of Sex” PROFILE

Topic: Sex in America, Then and Now: The Lasting Legacy of Masters and Johnson

Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series, Woman’s Club of WU, Arts & Sciences’ Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Medical Humanities Program, Brown School, School of Medicine, Health Promotion Services/ Peer Health Educators, J-CUBES, Phi Lambda Psi, and WU Political Review


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2016

SHANNON PRICE MINTER

Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights PROFILE

Topic: New Social and Legal Approaches to Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children and Youth

Co-Sponsors:  Keynote Speaker, 2016 Transgender Spectrum Conference; Washington University Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Brown School of Social Work, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity, Law, Identity & Culture Initiative, Institute of Public Health, School of Medicine, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Department of Surgery, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the School of Law; University of Missouri- St. Louis Gender Studies Department; University of Illinois-Springfield Diversity Center and LGBTQIA Resource Office; and PROMO


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2016

IAN GERSHENGORN

Acting Solicitor General of the United States PROFILE
Topic: A view of the Solicitor General’s powerful role in representing the government before the U.S. Supreme Court and in shaping important public policy.
Co-Sponsors:  The Mel and Pamela Brown Family Distinguished Visitor
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2017

Dan Ariely

James B Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University PROFILE

Topic: The Art and Science of Self Control: How to Act in your Long-Term Best Interests

Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series, Brown School Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017

John McArthur

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute Global Economy & Development;and Senior Advisor, U.N. Foundation; Former Deputy Director, U.N. Millennium Project PROFILE

Topic: The Sustainable Development Goals: Toward Better Living Standards for Everyone.

Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series, Brown School of Social Work Global Programs


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017

MITT ROMNEY

2012 Republican Party Nominee for U.S. President and Former Governor of Massachusetts (2003-07)* PROFILE

Topic: Fireside Chat

Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series


FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 2017

CHAI FELDBLUM

Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission* PROFILE
Topic: Protecting LGBTQ+ Progress in Challenging Times.
Co-Sponsors: OUTLaw; Assembly Series
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THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

PHILLIPE SANDS

Professor of Law and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals, University College London PROFILE

Topic: East West Street: On the Origins of ‘Genocide’ and ‘Crimes Against Humanity

Co-Sponsors: Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Assembly Series, Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers

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MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017

WILLIAM BIRDTHISTLE

Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law* PROFILE

Topic: Investing for an Uncertain Future Symposium

Co-Sponsors: Washington University School of Law and Olin School of Business


THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017

MATTHEW DESMOND

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and Co-director of the Justice & Poverty Project, Harvard University PROFILE

Topic: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Co-Sponsors: Brown School of Social Work, St. Louis Metropolitan Equal Housing & Opportunity Council