2004-2005 Public Interest Law Speaker Series

Access to Justice: The Social Responsibility of Lawyers 

Spring 2005

Susan R. Jones - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy: An Economic Justice Imperative"

  • Black Law Students Association Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Speaker 
  • Professor of Clinical Law and Supervising Attorney, Small Business Clinic, The George Washington University
  • 2004 Haywood Burns Visiting Chair in Civil Rights, City University of New York at Queens College
  • Senior Editor and Immediate Past Editor-in-Chief, American Bar Association Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
  • Author, A Legal Guide to Microenterprise Development

Nan D. Hunter - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - "Marriage or Multiple Options?  The Changing Law of Personal Relationships"

  • Professor of Law and Co-director, Center for Health Law & Policy, Brooklyn Law School
  • Former Deputy General Counsel, United States Department of Health & Human Services
  • Founder, American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian & Gay Rights and AIDS Projects
  • Author or Co-author, Sexuality, Gender, and the Law: Cases and Materials (with William Eskridge); The Power of Procedure: The Litigation of Jones v. Clinton; AIDS Agenda: Emerging Issues in Civil Rights (with William Rubenstein); and Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture

Theodore Olson - Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - "A Conversation with Former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson."
William Webster, former director of the FBI and CIA. will introduce the lecture.

  • Tyrrell Williams Lecturer 
  • Olson, former U.S. Solicitor General under President George W. Bush and former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel under President Ronald Reagan, successfully represented George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in the Supreme Court Bush v. Gore cases involving the 2000 presidential election.

Frances M. Visco - Wednesday, February 16, 2005 - "Law, Politics, and Social Justice: Breast Cancer Advocacy and Public Policy"
Organized in Conjunction with the Exhibition, “Inside Out Loud: Visualizing Women’s Health in Contemporary Art” at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis

  • President and Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, The National Breast Cancer Coalition
  • Three-Time Appointee, President’s Cancer Panel
  • Recipient, American Association for Cancer Research 1998 Public Service Award
  • Former Chair, Integration Panel, United States Department of Defense Peer-Reviewed Breast Cancer Research Program 

Marjorie M. Shultz - Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - "New Wine and Old Wineskins: The Continuing Challenges Posed by Reproductive Technology"
Organized in Conjunction with the Exhibition, “Inside Out Loud: Visualizing Women’s Health in Contemporary Art” at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis 

  • Professor of Law, University of California-Berkeley
  • Former Member, Legal Review Group, 1993 White House Health Care Reform Proposal, and First Advisory Committee, Office of Women’s Health Research, National Institutes of Health
  • Recipient, Society of American Law Teachers’ 2000 Teaching Award
  • Co-author, Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society

Randall L. Kennedy - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - "African Americans and the Problem of Patriotism"

  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Washington University in St. Louis 
  • Professor of Law, Harvard University
  • Recipient, 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
  • Member, American Law Institute, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association
  • Author, Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption; Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word; and Race, Crime, and the Law


William P. Quigley - Friday, April 1, 2005 - "Ending Poverty as We Know It: Guaranteeing a Right to a Job at a Living Wage"

  • Keynote Speaker, Washington University School of Law, Clinical Education Program and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference, “Poverty, Wealth, and the Working Poor:  Interdisciplinary and Clinical Perspectives”
  • Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professor of Law and Director, Loyola Law Clinic and Gillis Long Poverty Law Center, Loyola University, New Orleans
  • Former Senior Attorney, New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation
  • Recipient, Society of American Law Teachers’ 2004 Teaching Award
  • Author, Ending Poverty as We Know It: Guaranteeing a Right to a Job at a Living Wage

Fall 2004

Kenneth R. Feinberg - Tuesday, September 14, 2004 - "Negotiating the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund: Mass Tort Resolution Without Litigation"
Co-sponsored by the Washington University School of Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Program

  • Founder and Managing Partner, The Feinberg Group, L.L.P., Washington, D.C. and New York, NY
  • Special Master, September 11 Victim Compensation Fund and Former Special Master, Agent Orange Settlement
  • Former Chief of Staff, Senator Edward M. Kennedy
  • Former Special Counsel, Judiciary Committee, United States Senate
  • Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Viet D. Dinh - Wednesday, September 22, 2004 -"Liberty and the Rule of Law After September 11th"
Co-sponsored by the Assembly Series and the Student Union of Washington University in St. Louis

  • Professor of Law and Director, Asian Law and Policy Studies, Georgetown University
  • Former Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy, United States Department of Justice
  • Former Associate Special Counsel, Whitewater Committee, United States Senate
  • Author, Judicial Authority and Separation of Powers (forthcoming)

David D. Cole - Wednesday, September 29, 2004 - "John Ashcroft’s Paradigm of Prevention and the Future of Civil Liberties"
Co-sponsored by the Assembly Series and the Student Union of Washington University in St. Louis 

  • Professor of Law, Georgetown University 
  • Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Nation; Columnist, Legal Times; and Commentator, National Public Radio
  • Cooperating Attorney and Board Member, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Author, Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism; Terrorism and the Constitution:  Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security (with James X. Dempsey); and No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System

William Kristol - Thursday, October 7, 2004 - "The 2004 Election: What's at Stake"
Co-sponsored by the Assembly Series and the Student Union of Washington University in St. Louis

  • Editor and Publisher, The Weekly Standard
  • Former Chief of Staff, Vice President J. Danforth Quayle
  • Former Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Co-author or Co-editor, The War Over Iraq:  America’s Mission and Saddam’s Tyranny (with Lawrence Kaplan); The Future is Now:  America Confronts the New Genetics (with Eric Cohen); and Bush v. Gore:  The Court Cases and the Commentary (with E.J. Dionne, Jr.)

David J. Luban - Wednesday, October 13, 2004 - "Abu Ghraib and the Unpleasant Question of Torture"
Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values at Washington University in St. Louis - This program is eligible for MCLE ethics credit.

  • Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law & Philosophy, Georgetown University
  • Recipient, American Bar Foundation 1998 Keck Foundation Lecturer Award in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1996-97; Guggenheim Foundation, 1989-126
  • Author or Editor, Legal Ethics (with Deborah Rhode); Legal Modernism; Lawyers and Justice:  An Ethical Study; and The Good Lawyer:  Lawyers’ Roles and Lawyers’

Harold Hongju Koh - Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - "The Supreme Court Meets International Law"
Co-sponsored by the Washington University School of Law Whitney R. Harris Institute for Global Legal Studies

  • Dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale University
  • Former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, United States Department of State
  • Commissioner, Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Author or Editor, The Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities: Different but Equal; Deliberative Democracy and Human Rights (with Ronald C. Slye); and The National Security Constitution: Sharing Power after the Iran-Contra Affair

Gerald Torres - Thursday, October 28, 2004 - "Knowledge, Power, and Democracy: Insights from the Civil Rights and Environmental Movements"
Co-sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students, the Assembly Series, and the Student Union of Washington University in St. Louis

  • H.O. Head Centennial Professor in Real Property Law, University of Texas
  • Former Counsel to the Attorney General and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division,
  • United States Department of Justice
  • President, Association of American Law Schools
  • Co-author, The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (with Lani Guinier)

Cheryl Harris - Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - "Race and Class Conundrums: The Cosby Factor"

  • Professor of Law, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Former Senior Attorney, City of Chicago, and Former First Assistant General Attorney, Chicago Park District
  • Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and American Studies Association
  • Former Board Member, National Conference of Black Lawyers

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