The 2018-2019 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 twenty-first year. Each program is free of charge and open to the public. All programs will be held in Anheuser-Busch Hall, unless otherwise noted. All of the following Fall 2018 talks provide 1.0 hour of Continuing Legal Education credit: Karen Musalo, Prof. Daniel Epps, Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert, and Michael McLively. In Spring 2019 all talks will provide 1.0 hour of Continuing Legal Education credit with the exception of Suerie Moon, and Alex Hertel-Fernandez. 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 2018-2019 season.

Spring 2019

Frank Susman | Member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group at Spencer Fane and a Constitutional Appellate Attorney and of Counsel.

"Abortion Litigation in the U.S. Supreme Court: Past and Future". In conjunction with If/When/How Washington University Chapter.

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Suerie Moon | Research Director and Co-Chair, Forum on Global Governance for Health, Harvard Global Health Institute

"Global Debates on the Cost of Medicine". Sponsored by the Washington University Global Health Center, Institute for Public Health. Co-sponsored by the Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series and the Weidenbaum Center Forum.

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Melissa Rogers | Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; & Peter Wehner | Senior Fellow, The Ethics and Public Policy Center

"Religion and Polarized Politics: Revitalizing Democratic Pluralism". Sponsored by the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

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Sophie Nappert | International Mediator/Arbitrator & Author

"Future Challenges for International Arbitration". In conjunction with the School of Law Harris Institute/Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Symposium

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Hon. Viviene Harris | Supreme Court of Jamaica

"Celebrating International Women’s Day". In conjunction with the School of Law International Women’s Day celebration.

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Deborah Hensler | Judge John W. Ford Professor of Dispute Resolution and Director, Law & Policy Lab, Stanford Law School

"What's Wrong with Arbitration (And What’s Good About It)". School of Law Dean’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence.

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Sharon McGowan | Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, Lambda Legal

The Fight to Serve: Challenging Trump’s Transgender Military Ban in conjunction with the OUTLaw 14th Annual LGBTQ Rights Conference

Jean Baker | Prosecuting Attorney, Jackson County, MO; Wesley Bell | STL County Circuit Attorney; Kim Gardner | STL City Circuit Attorney; & Adam Foss | Former Asst District Attorney, Suffolk County, MA

"Prosecutorial Power in Transforming the Criminal Justice system". In conjunction with the Brown School Clark-Fox Policy Institute and the Assembly Series.

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Alex Hertel-Fernandez | Assistant Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

"State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States–and the Nation".

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Fall 2018

Jonah Goldberg Senior Editor, National Review

Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy

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Karen Musalo Bank of American Foundation Chair in International Law & Director, Refugee & Human Rights Clinic, Hasting School of Law

Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Crisis in U.S. Policy

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Dan Epps | Associate Professor of Law, WashULaw & Ian Samuels | Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

First Mondays Podcast

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Hon. Christine Van Den Wyngaert Public Interest Law Speaker

Hon. Christine Van Den Wyngaert | Judge, International Criminal Court

World Peace Through International Criminal Justice: The Role of International Courts and Tribunals

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Public Interest Law Speaker Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke | Founder, me too Movement

Me Too!

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Michael McLively | Senior Staff Attorney and Director, Urban Gun Violence Initiative, Giffords Law Center

The U.S. Gun Violence Crisis

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Radley Balko | Criminal Justice Journalist, Washington Post, and Author, The Rise of the Warrior Cop

A True Story of Injustice in the American South

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