“Access to Justice” speaker series presented by law school

The respondent in the U.S. Supreme Court affirmative action cases Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger and a member of the American Society on International Law’s executive counsel are part of the fall lineup for the School of Law’s sixth annual Public Interest Law Speaker Series.

This popular series, titled “Access to Justice: The Social Responsibility of Lawyers,” was initiated to highlight the excellence of the law school’s Clinical Education Program; to expose students to public interest advocates and practitioners; to illuminate the pro bono and public interest responsibility of law students and lawyers; and to engage the wider University community in an interdisciplinary discussion about social justice.

Karen L. Tokarz, J.D., professor of law and director of clinical education, and Susan F. Appleton, J.D., the Lemma Barkaloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law, coordinate the series.

The fall lectures will all be held in Anheuser-Busch Hall unless otherwise noted and are free and open to the public. They are:

• 11 a.m. Sept. 3 — Gerald L. Early, Ph.D., the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in Arts & Sciences and director of The Center for the Humanities (formerly International Writers Center), will address “Multi-culturalism, Reparations and the Politics of Memory.” Early is the author or editor of numerous books, including This Is Where I Came in: Essays on Black America in the 1960s.

• 11 a.m. Sept. 10 in Graham Chapel — Lee C. Bollinger, president and professor of law at Columbia University, will speak on “The Foundations of the Principle of Academic Freedom.” Bollinger is the former president and law school dean at the University of Michigan, and the respondent in the affirmative action cases of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger. This address is co-sponsored by the Assembly Series and also is the law school’s Sesquicentennial Lecture.

• 12 p.m. Nov. 13 — Amy L. Chua, professor of law at Yale University and member of the American Society of International Law’s executive council, will discuss “How Exporting Free Markets and Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hated and Global Instability.” Chua is the past consultant for the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice and for its Central and East European Law Initiative.

This speaker series will continue in the spring with seven lectures.

One mandatory continuing legal education credit can be earned by attending each lecture.

For more information, call 935-4958.

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