The 2019-2020 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. This popular series is now in its twenty-second year. Each program is free of charge and open to the public. All programs will be held in Anheuser-Busch Hall unless otherwise noted. Most talks provide 1.0 hour of Continuing Legal Education credit unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Karen Tokarz at 314.935.6414. Parking Information: Visitors are encouraged to review the University parking web site for detailed information about parking on campus.

See below for the upcoming speakers for the 2019-2020 season.

Spring 2020

Erwin Chemerinsky | Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law, UC, Berkeley; Lyrissa Lidsky | Dean and Judge C.A. Leed, Profesor of Law, University of Missouri

The Future of Free Speech

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Michael McConnell | Richard and Frances Mallery Professor of Law and Director, Constitutional Law Center, Stanford University

Freedom of Association: Campus Religious Organizations

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Brandon Garrett | L. Neil Williams, Jr. Professor of Law, Duke University

End of its Rope: Lessons from the Death Penalty Decline of Criminal Justice

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Jennifer Hirsch | Professor, School of Public Health, Columbia University

Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power and Assault on Campus

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Mahnaz Malik | Barrister and Arbitrator, Twenty Essex

What Happens Before and After International Arbitration In conjunction with the Third Annual International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Symposium

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Richard Lazarus | Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, Harvard University

The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court

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Fall 2019

Nadine Strossen | John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law | New York Law School

"HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship" In conjunction with the Washington University Common Reading Program. Reception and book signing immediately following the talk.

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Nicole Garnett | John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law | University of Notre Dame.

"The Value of Educational Pluralism". In conjunction with the Carver Project, and the 2019 First-Year Common Reading Program

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Lee Epstein | Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished Professor; Adam Liptak | Journalist, New York Times; and Greg Magarian | Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law

"Constitution Day: 2018-19 Supreme Court Review" Co-sponsored with the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement; the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy; and the American Constitution Society.

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Dan Tokaji | Associate Dean for Faculty and Charles W. Ebersold and Florence Whitcomb Ebersold Professor of Constitutional Law | Ohio State University,

“Voting Rights, Gerrymandering, and the Uncertain Future of Democracy.” Co-sponsored with the Washington University Weidenbaum Center Forum and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity

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George Sanchez | Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity, and History | University of Southern California

"James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education" In conjunction with the Washington University Center for Humanities

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Diane Orentlicher | Professor of International Law, American University | Former Deputy for War Crimes | U.S. Department of State

“Memories of Judgment: Constructing the ICTY’s Legacies” In conjunction with the Washington University School of Law Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute Symposium on Bosnian War Crimes, co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity and PILPSS.

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Lara Bazelon | Associate Professor of Law and Director | Criminal Juvenile Justice & Racial Justice Clinical Programs | University of San Francisco

“Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction.” Event is co-sponsored with the Washington University Prison Education Project and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity and the Clark Fox Family Foundation.

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Melissa Murray | Professor of Law and Co-Faculty Director | Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network | NYU

“Sex and the Supreme Court.” Event is co-sponsored with the Washington University Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity, and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department

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Asma T. Uddin | Senior Scholar | Religious Freedom Center at the Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, DC

“When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom.” Event is sponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

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Pidgeon Pagonis | Intersex Activist and Filmmaker’s

“Increasing Intersex and Non-Binary Awareness.” Event is in conjunction with the Washington University Transgender Conference and is co-sponsored with the Washington University Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department

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Michelle Oberman | Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law | Santa Clara University

“Her Body, Our Laws: On the Frontlines of the Abortion War from El Salvador to Oklahoma.” Event is in conjunction with the Washington University Global Health Center, Institute for Public Health, Global Health Week and co-sponsored with the Washington University School of Law Whitney Harris World Law Institute; the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement & Institutional Diversity, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department

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