Law school presents “Access to Justice” speaker series

Lee Bollinger and Amy Chua included on speakers list; MCLE credit available

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 Speaker Series.

Lee C. Bollinger

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

All of the fall lectures are held in Anheuser-Busch Hall unless otherwise noted, and are free and open to the public. They are:

Gerald Early
Gerald Early

• 11 a.m. Sept. 3 – Gerald L. Early, Ph.D., the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in Arts & Sciences and director of the International Writers Center at Washington University, on “Multiculturalism, Reparations and the Politics of Memory.” Early is the author or editor of numerous books such as “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, on “The Foundations of the Principle of Academic Freedom.” Bollinger is the former president and law school dean at the University of Michigan, the author of numerous books on topics such as free speech and contract law, and the respondent in the affirmative action cases of Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger before the U.S. Supreme Court. This address is co-sponsored by the Assembly Series of Washington University.

Amy L. Chua

• 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, on “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 Central and East European Law Initiative. She is also the author of “World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability.”

The speaker series will continue in the spring with seven lectures. Individual lectures are eligible for one MCLE credit. For more information, call 935-4958.