ILR Constitutional Law Program Conferences and Events

FORUM ON "THE EXPERIENCE OF VETERANS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY," FEBRUARY 3, 2010

Co-sponsored with the Jefferson Lectures Series, UC Berkeley
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The Institute for Legal Research organized a forum on "The Experience of Veterans in American Society" as an informal follow-up to the February 2nd Jefferson Lecture by historian James Wright, president emeritus of Dartmouth College.  The forum featured speakers with past and current military experience and from the fields of law, history, political science, and medicine, including Jan Scruggs, president and founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. 

 

CONSTITUTION DAY EVENTS, SEPTEMBER 15 AND 17, 2009

The Institute for Legal Research organized two events in connection with Constitution Day (September 17), the national celebration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution:

"CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES:  THE CONSTITUTION IN CRISIS TIMES," SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
Co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Law and Society, UC Berkeley
This colloquium featured talks on the "Constitutional Crisis in Birmingham:  The Civil Rights Movement and Beyond," by Willoughby Anderson, Law Clerk, Chambers of Senior Judge John T. Nixon, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee; and "Martial Law and Military Courts:  Hawaii in World War II," presented by Harry N. Scheiber, Professor of Law, and Jane Scheiber, Asst. Dean (Ret.) of Chemistry and CSLS Research Associate, UC Berkeley.  Professors Goodwin Liu and Gordon Silverstein, UC Berkeley, provided commentary for the event.

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"TECHNOLOGY, DEMOCRACY, AND THE LAW," SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Co-sponsored with the Jefferson Lecture Series, UC Berkeley
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This forum featured a talk by Professor Steven Usselman of the School of History, Technology, and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Professor Usselman specializes in the history of technology and American political economy.  His book, Regulating Railroad Innovation:  Business, Technology, and Politics in America, 1840-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2002), won the Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians and the Hilton Prize in railroad history.  He also served as the president of the Society for the History of Technology from 2007-2008.

Commentators included Professor Robert Merges, Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, UC Berkeley, and Lee Tien, Senior Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.

 

FORUM ON "COURTS, POLITICS, AND THE MEDIA," SEPTEMBER 16, 2008

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This forum on the interplay of courts, politics, and the media showcased several nationally prominent journalists, including Linda Greenhouse, formerly of the New York Times, where she served for 30 years as the nation’s foremost reporter covering the U.S. Supreme Court.  Other speakers included Judge William A. Fletcher of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and member of the UC Berkeley faculty; Emily Bazelon, a legal writer for Slate.com; Henry Weinstein, legal reporter and analyst for the Los Angeles Times until his recent retirement; and Gordon Silverstein, a professor in UC Berkeley’s Political Science Department.  The forum also featured a panel of specialists, including Berkeley Law professors Goodwin Liu and Jesse H. Choper, and Molly Selvin, a legal historian and former reporter and editorial staff member on the LA Times, who is interim dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

 (left to right) Linda Greenhouse, Judge William Fletcher, Emily Bazelon, and Henry Weinstein
(photo by Jim Block)

 

SYMPOSIUM ON "LAW, WAR, AND HISTORY," FEBRUARY 16-17, 2007

Co-sponsored with the William Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Scholars from England, Israel, Japan, and the United States met at Boalt Hall to deliver and discuss papers at a symposium on "Law, War, and History."  Presentations from the conference were published in 2008 as a special issue of the Law and History Review, the official journal of the American Society for Legal History, and includes revised conference papers on international law from ancient to modern times.

 

CONFERENCE ON "EARL WARREN AND THE WARREN COURT: A FIFTY-YEAR RETROSPECT," FEBRUARY 27-28, 2004

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This conference commemorated the constitutional legacy of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren and the Warren Court (and marked the fiftieth-year anniversary of the Warren Court's initial term).  Several of the lectures dealt with the impact of the Warren Court on legal development in Europe, Asia, and the Americas; others treated the Court's legacy in U.S. law in major areas such as criminal justice, freedom of speech, equal protection, and desegregation.  The proceedings from the conference, Earl Warren and the Warren Court: The Legacy in American and Foreign Law (edited by Harry N. Scheiber), were published by Lexington Books.

The conference dinner featured speeches by UC Berkeley Chancellor Emeritus Robert M. Berdahl and four former Warren Court clerks: Professor Jesse H. Choper, UC Berkeley; Chancellor Emeritus Ira Michael Heyman, UC Berkeley; Professor Scott Bice, University of Southern California; and Hon. James R. Browning, U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit.

To read Chancellor Berdahl's talk, click here.  To read Judge Browning's remarks, click here.

Chancellor Emeritus Robert Berdahl, UC Berkeley 
and Judge James Browning, US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
(photo by Jim Block)