Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Lecture on Access to Justice

The Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Chair in Access to Justice as well as the annual Raven Lecture were endowed by Morrison & Foerster in recognition of Robert D. Raven ’52. During his time at Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Raven distinguished himself as an outstanding trial lawyer, whose fields of practice included antitrust, intellectual property, and international law.  He also specialized in alternative dispute resolution.  In recognition of these accomplishments, Mr. Raven was elected President of the Bar Association of San Francisco in 1971, the State Bar of California in 1981, and the American Bar Association in 1988-99.  As a leading member of the bar, Mr. Raven pressed his colleagues to respond to the needs of the less fortunate by serving on the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Judicial Council of California, Advocates to Save Legal Services, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.

In addition to his service to the bar, Mr. Raven also was recognized for his substantial contributions to the University of California, Berkeley.  He served as president of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association from 1972-73 and received the Boalt Hall Alumni Association Citation Award in 1983.  He was a trustee for the UC Berkeley Foundation from 1981-84. 

In commemoration of Robert Raven’s service to the bar and the university, the Raven Lecture was established to enable members of the Boalt Hall community to learn about the work of leading advocates for social justice each year.  Past Raven Lectures have been presented by Barbara Babcock, Stanford University; Charles Lawrence, Georgetown University Law Center; Rachel F. Moran, Boalt Hall; and The Honorable Shirley M. Hufstedler, formerly on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and currently senior counsel in the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster.