Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series 2013-2014

Professor Lawrence Lessig - PIPLSS Speakers Series - 2013

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, immigration, 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 sixteenth year.  The 2013-14 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 with the exception of Jonathan Gruber. Each talk provides MCLE 1.0 with the exception of Jonathan Gruber. For more information, contact Karen Tokarz at 314.935.6414 or

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2013-2014 Speakers

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Monday, September 23, 2013
James Cavallaro   Speaker: JAMES CAVALLARO
Stanford University Law School
Topic: The Toxic Effects of Drone Strikes on Targeted Communities, the Global Role of the U.S., and our Constitutional and Democratic Principles
Co-Sponsors: Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, International Law Society, and Latin America Public Interest Law Project
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Friday, October 4, 2013
Jonathan Gruber   Speaker: JONATHAN GRUBER 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Economics
Topic: Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works
Co-Sponsors:  The Assembly Series, GlobeMed, Weidenbaum Center, Gephardt Institute, Brown School of Social Work, and the Health Law Association
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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Lawrence Lessig   Speaker: LAWRENCE LESSIG 
Harvard University School of Law
Topic: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress -- and a Plan to Stop It 
Book signing immediately following
Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series and University Libraries
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Monday, October 14, 2013 
James Moliterno   Speaker: JAMES MOLITERNO
Washington & Lee University School of Law
Topic: The American Legal Profession in Crisis: Resistance and Responses to Change
Book signing immediately following
Co-sponsors: American Constitution Society, Black Law Students Association, Federalist Society, Law and Social Work Society, Public Interest Law Society, and Student Bar Association
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013  
Theodore Shaw  

Columbia University School of Law
Topic: Celebrating the 65th Anniversary of Shelley v. Kramer and the Legacy of Margaret Bush Wilson: Where Are We Now? 
Co-sponsors: The St. Louis Chapter of the NAACP, the Mound City Bar Association, Husch Blackwell LLP, Thompson Coburn LLP, Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC, the African & African American Studeis Program, the American Constitution Society, and the Black Law Students Association
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Sir Christopher Greenwood   Speaker: SIR CHRISTOPHER GREENWOOD 
International Court of Justice/London School of Economics
Topic: World Peace through Law: the Role of the International Court of Justice
Co-Sponsors: Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and International Law Society
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Friday, November 1, 2013
Michelle Alexander   Speaker: MICHELLE ALEXANDER  
The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
Topic: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Co-Sponsors: Clinical Education Program 40th Anniversary, Access to Equal Justice Colloquium, Office of the Provost, Assembly Series, Missouri History Museum, Public Interest Law Society, Black Law Students Association, and Woman's Law Caucus
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 
Catherine MacKinnon   Speaker: CATHARINE MACKINNON   
University of Michigan School of Law
Topic: Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality   
Co-Sponsors: Assembly Series; Association of Women Faculty; Brown School; Law, Identity & Culture Initiative; Office of the Provost; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Law & Social Work Society; and Women’s Law Caucus
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Topic: From the Struggle for Civil Rights to Strivings in "Post-Racial America"
Co-Sponsors:  Jurist-in-Residence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Speaker and Black Law Students Association
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
  Speaker: THOMAS A. SAENZ
Mexican American Legal Defense Educational Fund
Topic: America's Critical Immigrant Workforce: The Evolving Legal Landscape
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (No. 310)
Co-Sponsors:  Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work & Social Capital, Latin America Public Interest Law Initiative, Latin American Law Student Association, and Immigration Law Society
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