Edwards to deliver Williams lecture Feb. 18

Harry T. Edwards, chief judge emeritus and judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, will deliver the School of Law’s 2004 Tyrrell Williams Lecture. “A Conversation With Judge Edwards” will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom in Anheuser-Busch Hall.

Edwards is expected to discuss judicial collegiality, interdisciplinary studies, social-science models of judicial decision-making, harmless error doctrine, legal education and the legal profession. He will also answer questions from the audience throughout the lecture.

Harry Edwards
Harry Edwards

The lecture is part of the law school’s Public Interest Law Speakers Series on “Access to Justice: The Social Responsibility of Lawyers.” Williams was a law school alumnus and a faculty member from 1913-1946.

Edwards has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1980. Before his appointment, he was a law professor at the University of Michigan and Harvard University and practiced law in Chicago.

He also is past chairman of the board of directors of AMTRAK and of the National Institute for Dispute Resolution.

Edwards has co-authored four books: Labor Relations Law in the Public Sector, The Lawyer as a Negotiator, Collective Bargaining and Labor Arbitration and Higher Education and the Law. He has also published numerous law review articles on labor law, higher education law, federal courts, legal education, professionalism and judicial administration.

Among his many accolades, Edwards has won the Society of American Law Teachers Award for distinguished contributions to teaching and public service; the Whitney North Seymour Medal from the American Arbitration Association for outstanding contributions to the use of arbitration; and the Judicial Honoree Award, presented by the Bar Association of the District of Columbia for outstanding legal leadership.

For more information, call 935-4630.

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