2003-2004 Public Interest Law Speakers Series

Fall 2003


Gerald Early - September 3, 2003 - "Multiculturalism, Reparations, and the Politics of Memory"

  • Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Director, International Writers Center, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Recipient, Whiting Foundation Writer’s Award
  • Author or Editor, This is Where I Came in: Essays on Black America in the 1960s; The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Literature, Prizefighting, and Modern  American Culture; and Lure and Loathing: Essays on Race, Identity, and  Ambivalence of Assimilation 

Lee C. Bollinger - September 10, 2003 - "The Foundations of the Principle of Academic Freedom"
Co-sponsored by the Assembly Series of Washington University in St. Louis

  • President and Professor of Law, Columbia University
  • Former President and Law School Dean, University of Michigan
  • Author or co-editor of Eternally Vigilant: Free Speech in the Modern  Era; Images of a Free Press; The Tolerant Society: Freedom of Speech and Extremist  Speech in America; and Contract Law in Modern Society 
  • Respondent in the affirmative action cases, Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, Supreme Court of the United States

Spring 2004


Theodore M. Shaw - January 21, 2004 - "From Brown to Grutter: The Legal Struggle for Racial Equality"

  • Black Law Students Association Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Speaker
  • Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Former Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice
  • Former Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan
  • Co-author, briefs for defendant-intervenors in the affirmative action cases, Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, Supreme Court of the United States

Susan M. Williams - January 28, 2004 - "Issues of Justice Relating to American Indian Tribal Government"

  • Webster Society Annual Speaker
  • Shareholder, Williams & Works PA, New Mexico
  • Enrolled Member, Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Nation
  • Board member, American Bar Association Water Resources Committee and American Indian Resources Institute
  • Argued the Big Horn water rights case, Wyoming v. United States, Supreme Court of the United States

Amy L. Chua - February 4, 2004 - "How Exporting Free Markets and Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability"
Co-sponsored by Washington University School of Law Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, School of  Law Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies, and Department of Political Science in Arts  & Sciences

  • Professor of Law, Yale University
  • Member, Executive Council, American Society of International Law
  • Past Consultant, American Bar Association, Section of International Law and Practice, Central and East European Law Initiative
  • Author, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

Hon. Harry T. Edwards - February 18, 2004 - "A Conversation with Judge Edwards"

  • 2003-04 Tyrrell Williams Speaker
  • Chief Judge Emeritus and Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Former Professor of Law, University of Michigan and Harvard University
  • Member, School of Law National Council, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Co-author or Co-editor, Labor Relations Law in the Public Sector; The Lawyer as a Negotiator; Collective Bargaining and Labor Arbitration; and Higher Education and the Law

Martha L. Minow - February 26, 2004 - "After Brown: Surprising Legacies of the Civil Rights Landmark"

  • William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Law, Harvard University
  • Consultant, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Former Member, Independent International Commission on Kosovo
  • Author or Co-editor, Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law; Imagine Co-existence: Restoring Humanity After Violent Ethnic Conflict; and Breaking the Cycles of Hatred: Memory, Law, and Repair

Herma Hill Kay - March 4, 2004 - "Celebrating Early Women Law Professors"

  • Women’s Law Caucus International Women’s Day Speaker
  • Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law and Law School Dean Emerita, University of California at Berkeley
  • Past President, Association of American Law Schools
  • Co-reporter, Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act
  • Co-author or Co-editor, Conflict of Laws; Cases and Materials on Sex-Based Discrimination; and Divorce Reform at the Crossroads

James W. Ellis - March 19, 2004 - "Mental Disability & the Death Penalty: The Implications of Atkins"

  • Keynote Speaker, Washington University School of Law, Clinical Education and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference, "Justice, Ethics, and Interdisciplinary Teaching and Practice"
  • Professor of Law, University of New Mexico
  • Recipient, 2002 Lawyer of the Year, National Law Journal, and American Bar Association Hearne Award for Disability Advocacy
  • Argued capital punishment case, Atkins v. Virginia, Supreme Court of the United States
  • Co-author, The Least Restrictive Alternative: Principles and Practices and Consent Handbook

Elizabeth Warren - April 2, 2004 - "The Over-Consumption Myth and Other Tales of Economics, Law and Morality"

  • Donald P. Gallop Keynote Speaker, Washington University School of Law, F. Hodge O’Neal Corporate and Securities Law Symposium
  • Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law, Harvard University
  • Second Vice President, American Law Institute
  • Former Adviser, National Bankruptcy Review Commission
  • Co-author or Co-editor, As We Forgive Our Debtors: Bankruptcy in America; The Fragile Middle Class: Americans in Debt; The Law of Debtors and Creditors; and Commercial Law: A Systems Approach 

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