Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers

Patricia Williams

The 2015-16 Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series features an outstanding line-up of judges, lawyers, authors, and academics with expertise in public interest law and policy. The year-long, interdisciplinary 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 eighteenth year.

Each program is free of charge and open to the public. Each talk will be in Anheuser-Busch Hall, unless otherwise noted. Most talks provide 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
Melvin Oliver   Speaker: MELVIN OLIVER | University of California, Santa Barbara Division of Social Sciences
Topic: Income and Wealth Inequality 
Time: 4:30pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors:  Department of Sociology, Brown School Center for Social Development (University-wide kick-off of the new WU Department of Sociology, Weidenbaum Center on Economy, Government, and Public Policy; in conjunction with Assembly Series)
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Anup Malani   Speaker: ANUP MALANI | University of Chicago School of Law
Topic: Building Capacity in India: The International Innovation Corps Model
Time: 4:30pm (followed by a reception and book signing in the Crowder Courtyard)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors:  Brown School Institute for Public Health, Brown School Center for Social Development, India Initiative, McDonnell Academy Scholars, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, International Law Society
Friday, September 25, 2015
John Chisholm
Ronald Simpson-Bey 
Keynote Speakers: JOHN CHISHOLM | Milwaukee County District Attorney and
Topic: Redefining Justice In America 
Time: 6:00pm
Location:  Edison Theatre
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, in conjunction with Assembly Series
(Smart Decarceration Initiative Inaugural Conference)
Thursday, October 1, 2015
  Speaker: MICHAEL RICH | Elon University School of Law
Topic:  The Use of Automated Technology in Crime Fighting
Time: 12 noon
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors: Federalist Society
Monday, October 5, 2015
  Speaker: CAROLINE FREDRICKSON | American Constitution Society
Topic:  Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over 
Time: 12 noon (followed by book signing)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors:  American Constitution Society, Labor & Employment Society, Women's Law Caucus
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 (310)
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 (310)
Co-Sponsors: Public Service Advisory Board
Friday, November 6, 2015
Paul Farmer   Keynote Speaker: PAUL FARMER | Partners in Health
Topic: In the Company of the Poor
Time: 7:00 pm 
Location:  Hillman Hall
Co-Sponsors: Brown School Institute for Public Health, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, in conjunction with Assembly Series (Globe Med Conference)
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