Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers

Patricia Williams

The year-long Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers 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 eigthteenth year.  

The 2015-16 series features an outstanding line-up of judges, lawyers, authors, and academics with expertise in public interest law and policy. Each program is free of charge and open to the public. Each talk will be in Anheuser-Busch Hall. Each talk provides MCLE 1.0. For more information, contact Karen Tokarz at 314.935.6414 or

Parking Information: Visitors are encouraged to use the Danforth University Center underground parking garage located on campus. For directions, see Campus Map.  

2015-2016 Speakers

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Michael Oliver   Speaker: MELVIN OLIVER | University of California - Santa Barbara Department of Sociology
Topic: Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality 
Time: 4:30pm (Followed by a reception in the Crowder Courtyard)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom
Co-Sponsors:  Brown School, Wiedenbaum Center
(University-wide kick-off of the new WU Department of Sociology, in conjunction with Assembly Series)
Friday, September 25, 2015
Michael Pinard   Plenary Speaker: MICHAEL PINARD | University of Maryland School of Law
Topic: Decarceration and Reentry Challenges 
Time: 10:45am
Location:  Hillman Hall
Co-Sponsors:  Brown School Center for Social Development, College of Arts and Sciences, Center for the Humanities, and the Maxine Clark/Bob Fox Policy Institute at Washington University
Smart Decarceration Initiative Inaugural Conference: “Post-Decarceration”
Friday, October 9, 2015
Jennifer Eberhardt   Keynote Speaker: JENNIFER EBERHARDT | Stanford University Department of Psychology
Topic: Visual Attention and Racial Bias in Policing and the Criminal Justice System
Time: 11:00am (Followed by panel discussion, book signing, and reception, 2:30-4:30 in rm 309)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom
Co-Sponsors:  Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Conference, in conjunction with Assembly Series
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Lisa Foster   Keynote Speaker: LISA FOSTER | Director, Office for Access to Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
Topic: 'Where Justice is Denied, Where Poverty is Enforced’: Our Courts Today and How to Change Them
Time: 12 noon
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom
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