Kadish Center for Morality, Law & Public Affairs

The members of the Kadish Center are deeply saddened by the death of its benefactor, Sanford Kadish, just before his 93rd birthday, even as we celebrate Sandy's legacy of commitment to the critical examination of state power.  See more on Sandy's life here.


The Center for Morality, Law, and Public Affairs was conceived and endowed by Sanford and June Kadish in January 2000. The Kadish Center seeks to promote research and reflection on moral philosophical issues in law and public life, with special concern for the substantive aspects of criminal law.

The Kadish Center pursues its objectives in three ways. First, the Center sponsors formal lectures and research conferences to promote greater understanding of these issues among academic audiences and the wider public. Second, the Center supplies research support for graduate students in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program and occasionally for other scholarly visitors to Berkeley. Third, the Center organizes a Workshop in Law, Philosophy, and Political Theory and an annual seminar series to enable professors from around the country to present their work.


Christopher Kutz
C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law
341 North Addition


Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Amatullah Alaji-Sabrie
325-A-#7 Boalt Hall, North Addition
510-642-3627 (telephone)
510-643-2673 (fax)


Advisory Board

Prof. Meir Dan-Cohen
Prof. Kinch Hoekstra
Mr. Josh Kadish
Prof. Niko Kolodny
Prof. David Lieberman (Chair)
Prof. Véronique Munoz-Dardé
Prof. Eric Rakowski
Prof. Sarah Song
Prof. Talha Syed
Prof. R. Jay Wallace

Affiliated Faculty

Michael Bratman ( Philosophy, Stanford University)
Joshua Cohen (Apple University, Distinguished Senior Fellow UC Berkeley)
Gerald Dworkin (Philosophy, UC Davis)
Jodi Halpern (Public Health, UC Berkeley)
Agnieszka Jaworska (Philosophy, UC Riverside)
Ethan Leib (Law, Fordham Law School)
Debra Satz (Philosophy, Stanford University)
Tamar Schapiro (Philosophy, Stanford University)
Seana Shiffrin (Law and Philosophy, UCLA)
Shannon Stimson (Political Science, UC Berkeley)
Barry Stroud (Philosophy, UC Berkeley)
Robert S. Taylor (Political Science, UC Davis)
Manuel Vargas (Philosophy, University of San Francisco) 


As part of the campus observance of Constitution Day and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Free Speech Movement the Kadish Center co-sponsored with the campus initiative On The Same Page a panel discussion in the law school's Booth Auditorium on September 17, 2014.  To view the video of that event go to the Center's Past Events page or click here.