Public Interest Law and Policy Speakers

Melvin Oliver

The 2015-16 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 eighteenth 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.  

2015-2016 Speakers

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SPRING 2016

 
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Joel Schwartz  Speaker: JOEL SCHWARTZ | Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Harvard University
Topic: Air Pollution, Temperature, and Climate Change: Health Risks and Benefits [view flyer]
Time: 4:00 pm 
Location:  DUC 276 (Danforth University Center) 
Co-Sponsors: Washington University Institute for Public Health, Office of Sustainability and School of Law Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic and Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Services
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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Kevin P. Ray  Speaker: KEVIN P. RAY | Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Topic: What's Fair: Street Art, Appropriation Art, and the Law
Time: 12:00 pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Cullenbine Classroom (305) 
Co-Sponsors: Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Intellectual Property Law Society, International Law Society, and Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series
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Friday, February 19, 2016
Frank Mugisha  Speaker: FRANK MUGISHA | Executive Director, Sexual Minorities Uganda
Topic:  Uganda's LGBTQ Civil Rights Battles
Time: 3:00 pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Cullenbine Classroom (305) 
Co-Sponsors: OUTLaw, Keynote Speaker, 11th Annual Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, International Law Society, and Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series
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Monday, February 29, 2016
Hina Shamsi  Speaker: HINA SHAMSI | Director, ACLU National Security Project
Topic:  See Something, Say Something: Post 9/11 National Security Profiling and Policies
Time: 12:00 pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310) 
Co-Sponsors: Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, and ACLU-Missouri
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Louis Susman  Speaker: LOUIS B. SUSMAN | Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. 2009-2013
Topic: The Lawyer as Stateman.
Time: 4:00 pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)  
Co-Sponsors: Washington University School of Law Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, International Law Society, and Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Elijah Anderson  Speaker: ELIJAH ANDERSON | Professor of Sociology, Yale University
Topic: The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Challenges for Civil Society.
Time: 12:00 pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310) 
Co-Sponsors: Washington University Department of Sociology, Brown School Center for Social Development, Weidenbaum Center on Economy, Government  Public Policy, Assembly Series, and School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series
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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Juana Rodriguez  Speaker: JUANA RODRIQUEZ | University of California, Berkeley - Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Performance Studies
Topic: The Women of Casa Xochiquetzal: Corporeal Encounters, Queer Feelings
Time: 4:00 pm
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310) 
Co-Sponsors: Washington University Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Nooter Fund Endowed Lectured, Provost’s Office, Assembly Series, and School of Law SBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, OUTLaw, and Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series
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Friday, March 25, 2016
Reginald Dwyane Betts  Speaker: REGINALD DWAYNE BETTS | Yale University Law School
Topic: Learning, Survival & Coming of Age in Prison
Time: 2:00 pm (lunch provided)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Trial Courtroom (309) 
Co-Sponsors: Washington University Prison Education Project and School of Law Juvenile Law & Justice Clinic and Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Daniel Webster
Deborah Prothrow-Stith 
Keynote Speakers: DANIEL WEBSTER | Director, Center for Gun Policy and Research, Johns Hopkins University and  DEBORAH PROTHROW-STITH | Former HBW Professor of Public Health, Harvard University
Topic: Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis
Time: 4:00pm
Location:  Knight Hall, Emerson Auditorium
Co-Sponsors: Washington University Institute for Public Health, Brown School, School of Medicine Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Psychology, and School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series
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Monday, April 25, 2016
John Paul Stevens  Speaker:  HON. JOHN PAUL STEVENS | Former Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Topic: How We Should Change the Second Amendment
Time: TBA
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310) 
Co-Sponsors: Public Interest law & Policy Speaker Series
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FALL 2015

 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Melvin Oliver   Speaker: MELVIN OLIVER | University of California, Santa Barbara Division of Social Sciences
Topic: Income and Wealth Inequality 
Time: 4:30pm (followed by a reception in the Crowder Courtyard)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors:  Department of Sociology, Brown School Center for Social Development, Weidenbaum Center on Economy, Government, and Public Policy, Assembly Series (Kick off of new Department of Sociology)
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
Anup Malani   Speaker: ANUP MALANI | University of Chicago School of Law
Topic: Building Capacity in India: The International Innovation Corps Model
Time: 4:30pm (followed by a reception in the Crowder Courtyard)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors:  India Initiative, Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health, Brown School Center for Social Development, and the School of Law Office of Graduate and International Programs, Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, International Law Society, South Asian Law Students Association 
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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Rebecca Ginsburg   Speaker: REBECCA GINSBURG | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Topic: Why Universities Should Be In Prisons
Time: 4:00pm (followed by a reception in Hillman Hall)
Location:  Hillman Hall
Co-Sponsors:  Center for the Humanities, Assembly Series (James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture)
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Friday, September 25, 2015
John Chisholm
Ronald Simpson-Bey 
Keynote Speakers: JOHN CHISHOLM | Milwaukee County District Attorney and
 RONALD SIMPSON-BEY | JustLeadershipUSA
Topic: Redefining Justice In America 
Time: 6:00pm (followed by a reception in Edison Theatre)
Location:  Edison Theatre
Co-Sponsors:  Brown School Center for Social Development, College of Arts and Sciences, Center for the Humanities, and the Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Policy Institute, Assembly Series
(Smart Decarceration Initiative Inaugural Conference)
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Friday, October 9, 2015
Jennifer Eberhardt   Keynote Speaker: JENNIFER EBERHARDT | Stanford University Department of Psychology
Topic: Visual Attention and Racial Bias in Policing and the Criminal Justice System
Time: 11:00am (followed by panel discussion, book signing, and reception at 2:30-4:30, in rm 309)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors:  Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Conference, Assembly Series
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
  Speaker: MICHAEL RICH | Elon University School of Law
Topic: The Use of Automated Technology in Crime Fighting and the Fourth Amendment
Time: 12 noon (lunch provided)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310)
Co-Sponsors:  School of Law Federalist Society, American Constitution Society
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Lisa Foster   Keynote Speaker: LISA FOSTER | Director, Access to Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice
Topic: '"Where Justice is Denied, Where Poverty is Enforced": Our Courts Today and How to Change Them
Time: 12 noon (lunch provided)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall,Trial Courtroom (309)
Co-Sponsors: Public Service Advisory Board, American Constitution Society, OUTLaw
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Friday, November 6, 2015
Paul Farmer   Keynote Speaker: PAUL FARMER | Partners in Health
Topic: In the Company of the Poor
Time: 7:00 pm (followed by booksigning)
Location:  560 Music Building. 560 Trinity Ave, University City.
Co-Sponsors: Student Union/GlobeMed, Assembly Series John & Flossie Ernest Fund, Department of Anthropology, Institute for Public Health, School of Medicine Biologic Therapeutic Center, School of Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series and Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.
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Monday, November 16, 2015
Phyllis Frye  Keynote Speaker: HON. PHYLLIS FRYE | Associate Municipal Judge, City of Houston
Topic: The Changing Landscape of Transgender Law: Perspectives from a Transgender Trailblazer Judge
Time: 12:00 pm (lunch provided)
Location:  Anheuser-Busch Hall, Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (310) 
Co-Sponsors: OUTLaw, American Constitution Society
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