Public Interest Law Speakers 2001-2002

Spring 2002

Adrien K. Wing

"Global Critical Race Feminism: Legal Reform for the 21st Century" - Wednesday, January 9, 2002
Co-sponsored by the Washington University School of Law Institute for Global Legal Studies

  • Professor of Law, University of Iowa
  • Consultant on Post-Apartheid South African Constitution and Palestinian Basic Law
  • Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Editor, Critical Race Feminism and Global Critical Race Feminism


Hon. Thelton E. Henderson

"Social Change, Judicial Activism, and the Public Interest Lawyer" - Wednesday, January 23, 2002
The Black Law Students Association Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Speaker

  • Senior Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Former Directing Attorney,East Bayshore Neighborhood Legal Center
  • Former Attorney, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice
  • Board Member, American Inns of Court Foundation


Anthony Thompson

"Community Justice Advocacy: Reimagining the Dream" -Thursday, January 29, 2002
Presented by the Washington University School of Law Center for Interdisciplinary Studies as part of a year-long program on the "The Human Genome Project: Research, Medicine, and Commerce"

  • Professor of Clinical Law, New York University
  • Faculty Director, Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholarship Program, New York University
  • Former Deputy Public Defender, Contra Costa County, California
  • Author, Stopping Usual Suspects: Race and the Fourth Amendment


Michael Traynor

"The Selfish Genome" - February 6, 2002
Co-sponsored by the George Warren Brown School of Social Work and the Washington University Assembly Series

  • President, American Law Institute
  • Partner, Law Firm of Cooley Godward LLP
  • Former Chair and President, Sierra Club (now Earthjustice) Legal Defense Fund
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science


Morris Dees

"A Passion for Justice" - Friday, February 15, 2002
Presented by the Webster Society as the keynote speaker for the clinical education conference on "Access to Equal Justice"

  • Co-founder and Chief Trial Counsel, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Civil Rights Lawyer and Activist
  • Recipient, National Education Association Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award
  • Author, Gathering Storm: America's Militia Threat; A Season for Justice; and Hate on Trial: the Case Against America's Most Dangerous Neo-Nazi


Richard D. Baron

"Are Lawyers Relevant to the Struggle for Social Justice?" - Wednesday, February 27, 2001

  • Chief Executive Officer, McCormack Baron & Associated, Inc.
  • Former General Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri
  • Board Member, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Founder and Board Member, Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA)


Carrie Menkel-Meadow

"ADR and Problem Solving in the Public Interest: What Else Besides Litigation Works" - Friday, March 15, 2002

  • Professor of Law, Georgetown University
  • Chair, Georgetown-CPR Commission on Ethics and Standards in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Former Director, Center for the Study of Women, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Author, Mediation: Theory, Practice and Policy


Fall 2001

Peter H. Raven

"Biodiversity and the Human Prospect" - Tuesday, October 2, 2001
The 2001 Tyrrell Williams Lecturer

  • Director, Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Engelmann Professor of Botany, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Chairman, National Geographic Society, Committee for Research and Exploration
  • President, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Recipient, National Medal of Science


Derek C. Bok

"Markets and Mindwork: Is Competition Harming the Practice of Law (and Other Intellectual Pursuits)"-Friday, October 5, 2001

  • 300th Anniversary University Professor and President Emeritus, Harvard University
  • National Chair, Common Cause
  • Co-author, The Shape of the River


Erin Brockovich

"A Conversation with the Real Erin Brockovich"

  • Director of Environmental Research, Law Offices of Masry and Vititoe
  • Recipient, American Trail Lawyers Association Civil Justice Foundation 2000 Champion of Justice Award
  • Recipient, Children's Health, Environmental Coalition, 2000 Special Citizen Award

Each lecture program is eligible for 1 MCLE hour.

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