Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers

WashULaw - Dean Staudt, Judge Stevens, Prof. Magarian and Prof. Konig


2016-2017 Speakers

The 2016-17 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 nineteenth 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 tokarz@wulaw.wustl.edu. Parking Information: Visitors are encouraged to use the Danforth University Center underground parking garage located on campus. For directions, see Campus Map.  

FALL 2016

MCLE 1.0 hour provided for presentations by Hollis, Jones, Strang, Patel/Inazu, Iftikhar, Lopez, and Minter.Videos of speakers will be posted on this web page when available. Popup blockers will interfere with streaming video. Links will open in a new window. In the absence of a link below, there is currently no information available online. This page is updated frequently, please check back. 


Monday, September 12, 2016

 

Brenda Hollis  

 
Speaker: BRENDA HOLLIS | Chief Prosecutor, Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone
Topic: International Criminal Law: A View from the Trenches - The Accidental Jurist  
Time:  12:00pm 
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Trial Courtroom (309)
Co-Sponsors:  Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, International Law Student Association
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Monday, September 12, 2016

 
Van Jones  Speaker: VAN JONES  | President, Dream Corps
Topic:  Green Jobs, Not Jail: Criminal Justice Reform, Racial Equity, and the Green Economy
Time:  7:00pm 
Location:  Graham Chapel
Co-Sponsors:  Washington University Student Union Sustainability Lecture Series, in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability, Environmental Studies Program, Assembly Series, and Law, Identity & Culture Initiative; and U.S. Green Building Council
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Friday, September 16, 2016

 
Jared Bernstein   Speaker: JARED BERNSTEIN | Keynote Speaker, Conference on Grand Challenges in Social Work Policy; Senior Fellow, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities; Former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden
Topic: Social Innovation for America's Renewal
Time:  11:30am 
Location:  Brown School, Clark-Fox Forum
Co-Sponsors:  Brown School Center for Social Development, American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare, Brookings Institution, Society for Social Work & Research, Fund for Social Policy Education & Practice, the Federal Reserve Bank St. Louis, and the Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series
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Monday, September 19, 2016

 
Dean Strang   Speaker: DEAN STRANG | Defense Attorney for Steven Avery, "Making a Murderer" (Netflix); Author, Worse Than the Devil: Anarchists, Clarence Darrow, and Justice in a Time of Terror (2013)
Topic: Considering Systemic Injustice in Light of "Making a Murderer": The Need for Criminal Justice Reform in America
Time: 12:00pm & 5:00pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310) & Graham Chapel, Danforth Campus, book signing and reception immediately following afternoon event
Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series; Olin Business School
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Monday, September 26, 2016

 
Brittany Packnett   Speaker: BRITTANY PACKNETT | VP of National Community Alliances for Teach For America
Topic: Between the World and You: Our Duty to Fight for Freedom
Time: 7:00pm
Location:  South 40, College Hall
Co-Sponsors:  Assembly Series; First Year Book Program
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Monday, October 10, 2016

 
Eboo Patel   Speaker: EBOO PATEL | Founder, Interfaith Youth Core; Author, "Interfaith Leadership" (2016) and "Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America" (2012) [with JOHN INAZU, Professor of Law, Author, "Liberty: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly" (2012) and "Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference" (2016)]
Topic: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America
Time: 12:00pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310), book signing immediately following
Co-Sponsors:  Washington University Center for Diversity and Inclusion, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity
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Friday, October 14, 2016

 
Imani Perry   Speaker: IMANI PERRY | Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University
Topic: Looking for Lorraine (Hansberry): The Enduring Legacy of a Path-Breaking Playwright
Time: 11:00am
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors:  Keynote Speaker, Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship, 25th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Reunion
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

 
Douglas McAdam   Speaker: DOUGLAS MCADAM | Professor of Sociology,Stanford University
Topic: What a Long, Strange Trip Its Been: Race, Social Movements, and the 2016 Presidential Race
Time: 4:00pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors:  Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy; the Department of Sociology
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

 
Arsalan Iftikhar   Speaker: ARSALAN IFTIKHAR | AB '99, JD '03, Washington University; International Human Rights Lawyer; Senior Editor, The Islamic Monthly; Founder, TheMuslimGuy.com
Topic: Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies & Threatens Our Freedom
Time: 12:00 pm & 4:30pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310), book signing and reception immediately following afternoon event
Co-Sponsors:  Rabbi Isserman Lecture; Assembly Series; Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute; Office of Residential Life
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

 
David Lopez   Speaker: DAVID LOPEZ | General Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Topic: Title VII: An American Conversation on Workplace Equality
Time: 12:00pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors: 
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

 
Tom Maier 
Michelle Ashford 
Speaker:  TOM MAIER | Author, "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, The Couple Who Taught America How to Love"
MICHELLE ASHFORD | Creator and Show Runner, Showtime Series," Masters of Sex"

Topic: Sex in America, Then and Now: The Lasting Legacy of Masters and Johnson 
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Graham Chapel, Danforth Campus, book signing and reception immediately following
Co-Sponsors: Assembly Series
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Friday, November 4, 2016

 
Shannon Price Minter   Speaker: SHANNON PRICE MINTER | Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Topic: New Social and Legal Approaches to Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children and Youth
Time: 4:00pm
Location:  Brown School, Clark-Fox Forum
Co-Sponsors: Keynote Speaker, 2016 Transgender Spectrum Conference; Washington University Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Brown School of Social Work, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Diversity, Law, Identity & Culture Initiative, Institute of Public Health, School of Medicine, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Department of Surgery, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and the School of Law; University of Missouri- St. Louis Gender Studies Department; University of Illinois-Springfield Diversity Center and LGBTQIA Resource Office; and PROMO
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Questions? Contact

Karen Tokarz at 314.935.6414 or tokarz@wulaw.wustl.edu 

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