The 2021-2022 Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series features an outstanding line-up of judges, lawyers, social scientists, 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-fourth year. Each program is free of charge and open to the public. All events will be on Zoom unless otherwise noted. Most talks provide 1.0 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Karen Tokarz at 314.935.6414.

See below for the upcoming speakers for the 2021-2022 season.

Spring 2022

Michael A. Livermore | Edward F. Howrey Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Law, Communities and Environment (PLACE) at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Reviving Rationality: Saving Cost-Benefit Analysis for the Sake of the Environment and Our Health.

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In conjunction with Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy.
The event is free and open to the public.
MO MCLE 1.5 Available

 

Dan Epps | Treiman Professor of Law

Lee Epstein | Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor

Greg Magarian | Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law

Andrew D. Martin | Chancellor, Moderator

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement after more than 27 years on the bench. WashULaw professors Dan Epps, Lee Epstein, Greg Magarian, and moderator Andrew Martin, Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, will discuss Breyer’s tenure in the high court, provide perspectives on how a new justice could change the court and – in light of recent tenuous confirmations – what we could expect to see from this process confirmation.

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This year, 2022, marks the 100th anniversary of the Mound City Bar Association.  In celebration of the anniversary, the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy recently published, “Celebrating the Mound City Bar Centennial; Looking back, Leading Forward,” which includes articles from prominent judges, lawyers, and professors on issues related to the Mound City Bar Association: https://journals.library.wustl.edu/lawpolicy/.  Two upcoming programs feature the authors.

Cosponsored by the Washington University Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, the Mound City Bar Association, and US Arbitration & Mediation.

 

“Celebrating the Mound City Bar Association Centennial: The Founding of the MCBA and Pioneering Black Lawyers and Judges”

March 4, 12-1:15 (Approved for 1.5 hours of Missouri MCLE credit.)

Speakers:

  • Hon. Anne-Marie Clarke, 22nd Circuit Court (ret.)
  • Professor Colin Gordon, University of Iowa History Department
  • Hon. Willie J. Epps, Jr., Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • Professor Karen Tokarz, Washington University School of Law
  • Hon. Sandra Farragut-Hemphill, 21st Circuit Court (ret.)
  • Ebony McCain, Assistant Circuit Executive, Court Policy & Research, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Hon. Nicole Colbert-Botchway, Judge, 22nd Circuit Court
  • Professor Leland Ware, University of Delaware Study of Law and Public Policy

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“Celebrating the Mound City Bar Association Centennial: Slavery, Freedom Trials, and Discrimination in Education, Voting Rights, and Economic Power”
March 18, 12-1:15 (Approved for 1.5 hours of Missouri MCLE credit including 1.5 Elimination of Bias)

Speakers:

  • Professor David Konig, Washington University School of Law
  • Hon. David Mason, Judge, 22nd Circuit Court
  • Professor Kim Norwood, Washington University School of Law
  • Ronald Norwood, Lewis Rice, LLC
  • Denise Lieberman, Missouri Voter Protection Coalition
  • Sandra Moore, Advantage Capital
  • Dorothy White-Coleman, White Coleman & Associates, LLC
  • Hon. Lisa White Hardwick, Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District

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On May 2, an unprecedented leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion stunned the country. The leaked opinion would overturn Roe v. Wade and let states ban abortions. In this Zoom panel discussion, WashULaw experts will discuss what “the” leaked opinion might mean for constitutional rights jurisprudence, women’s access to abortion, gender equality, and the Supreme Court’s credibility and authority.

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For questions, contact Professor Karen Tokarz.

Fall 2021

 

Professor Itai Sened | Head of The Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges, Founding Chair of the School of Social and Policy Studies, and Dean of the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University

“Covid-19, the Abraham Accords, and the 2021 Elections – Israel’s Politics in an Uncertain World”

This event is presented by the Washington University Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government & Public Policy; School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series; and Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.

Susan Appleton | WashULaw Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law
Lee Epstein | WashULaw Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished Professor
Adam Liptak | Journalist, New York Times
Greg Magarian | WashULaw Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law
Moderated by:
Karen Tokarz | WashuLaw Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Policy

“Constitution Day: Annual Supreme Court Review/Preview”

This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Gephardt Institute for Civic & Community Engagement; the Weidenbaum Center for Economy, Government & Public Policy; US Arbitration & Mediation; and the American Constitution Society. MCLE 1.5

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Arsalan Iftikhar | Author, Fear of the Muslim Planet; Founder, The Muslim Guy; Senior Editor, The Islamic Monthly

“Fear of the Muslim Planet: Global Islamophobia in the New World Order”

This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series; Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute; Weidenbaum Center for Economy, Government & Public Policy; and John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics. MCLE 1.0

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Cash Nickerson | Author, Negotiation as a Martial Art: Techniques to Master the Art of Human Exchange;  Chairman, AKKA Technologies North America Business Unit

Negotiation as a Martial Art: Techniques to Master the Art of Human Exchange” 

This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series and the Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program, in conjunction with US Arbitration & Mediation. MCLE 1.0

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Kristin Henning  |  Author, Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth; Blume Professor of Law and Director, Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative, Georgetown Law

Daniel Harawa  |  Associate Professor and Director, Appellate Clinic, WashULaw, moderator

“Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth”

This event is presented by the Washington University School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series; the Department of African & African-American Studies; the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity; the Brown School; Clark-Fox Policy Institute; Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy; the Black Law Students Association; and the Women of Color Law Society. The event is free and open to the public.

1.0 MCLE (including 1.0 Ethics and 1.0 Elimination of Bias).

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Democracy in Danger: Former Congressmen Carnahan and Coleman Launch Bi-Partisan Call to Action

Nov 16, 2021 04:00 PM

The Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy invites you to join us for a very special panel discussion featuring speakers:

Tom Coleman  |  A Washington University School of Law Graduate, Coleman served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri and state representative prior to being elected to 8 terms as a Member of Congress from northwest Missouri. More recently he was an adjunct professor at NYU and American University. He is an Advisor to Protect Democracy.

Russ Carnahan  |  former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Carnahan also served as in the Missouri House of Representatives and is currently a Senior Policy Advisor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

Space is limited!

View the recorded presentation here.

 


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