Tyrrell Williams Speaker Series

The Tyrrell Williams Lecture brings distinguished diplomatic professionals and public figures to discuss important issues of the day. The lecture was established in 1948 in honor of Williams, an alumnus and beloved faculty member and dean. Williams received his law degree from Washington University in 1900. He served on the law faculty from 1913-46, was dean from 1919-21, and acting dean in 1926 and 1935.


Speaker: Stephen H. Legomsky, Chief Counsel of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Department of Homeland Security
Lecture Topic: Immigration and the Role of the Government Attorney
Date: 11 April 2013
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Speaker: Joel Seligman, President of the University of Rochester
Lecture Topic:  The Future of Financial Regulation
Date: 3 March 2011
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Speaker: His Excellency Thomas Buergenthal, Judge, International Court of Justice, The Hague
Lecture Topic:  The International Judicial System: Its Growing Influence
Date: 8 April 2010
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Speaker: Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution
Lecture Topic:  The Great Experiment: The Old World Order, the New World Order, and the Next World Order
Date: 13 October 2009
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Speaker: Ambassador Carla A. Hills, former United States Trade Representative
Lecture Topic:  Trade and the 2008 Elections
Date: 7 February 2008
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Speaker: Linda Greenhouse, New York Times Reporter
Lecture Topic: The New Supreme Court: Continuity and Change
Date: 7 March 2007


Speaker: David Boies, Chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Lecture Topic:  Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law
Date: 15 November 2005


Speaker: Theodore Olson, former United States Solicitor General
Lecture Topic:  A Conversation with Theodore B. Olson
Date: 8 February 2005


Speaker: Judge Harry T. Edwards, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Lecture Topic: A Conversation with Judge Edwards
Date: 18 February 2004


Speaker: Justice E. Norman Veasey, Supreme Court of Delaware
Lecture Topic: Reflections on Key Issues of the Professional Responsibilities of Corporate Lawyers in the 21st Century
Date:  28 October 2002


Speaker: Peter H. Raven
Lecture Topic:  Biodiversity and the Human Prospect
Date: 2 October 2001


Speaker: Honorable Patricia M. Wald, United States’s representative to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
Topic: The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Comes of Age:  New Law and Old Rights
Date: 17 November 2000

Previous Tyrrell Williams Lecturers

2000 Gerhard Casper
1999 Guido Calabresi
1996 Roberta Cooper Ramo
1995 Lloyd N. Cutler
1994 James O. Freedman
1993 Betsy Levin
1992 Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr.
1991 Shirley M. Hufstedler
1990 Robert B. McKay
1989 William J. Brennan, Jr.
1987 Rex E. Lee
1986 Albert M. Sacks
1985 William H. Webster
1984 Sir Robert Megarry
1983 Griffin B. Bell

1982 Irving S. Kaufman
1981 Wade H. McCree, Jr.
1980 Clark M. Clifford
1979 Archibald Cox
1978 Harry A. Blackmun
1977 John J. McCloy
1976 Thomas I. Emerson
1975 Soia Mentschikoff
1972 Albert Ernest Jenner, Jr.
1970 John Minor Wisdom
1969 Willard Wirtz
1968 Ralph F. Fuchs
1966 Harry W. Jones
1965 Simon E. Sobeloff
1964 Arthur L. Goodhart

1963 William J. Brennan, Jr.
1962 Max Rheinstein
1961 Harold R. Medina
1960 Harrison Tweed
1959 William O. Douglas
1958 Robert G. Storey
1957 Wesley A. Sturges
1956 Arthur T. Vanderbilt
1955 Erwin N. Griswold
1954 John J. Parker
1953 Paul A. Freund
1952 Felix Frankfurter
1951 Armistead M. Dobie
1950 Max Radin
1949 Leonard W. Brockington, K.C.