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Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken on “The Myth of the Laboratories of Democracy”

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Berkeley Law is honored to welcome Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken on January 23rd to present the second Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture. Dean Gerken’s topic will be “The Myth of the Laboratories of Democracy: Rethinking Federalism Doctrine.”

The lecture will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Warren Room, followed by a reception in Donor Lobby. Please RSVP here

About Heather Gerken

Heather Gerken
Heather Gerken

Heather Gerken is the Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Dean Gerken is one of the country’s leading experts on constitutional law and election law. A founder of the “nationalist school” of federalism, her work focuses on federalism, diversity, and dissent. Hailed as an “intellectual guru” in the New York Times, Gerken’s scholarship has been featured in The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, NPR, the New York Times, and Time. In 2017, Politico Magazine named Gerken one of The Politico 50, a list of idea makers in American politics. Her work on election reform has affected policy at a national level.

About the Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture

Herma Hill Kay

Herma Hill Kay was a Berkeley Law institution. A beloved, iconic pioneer among women in the law, Herma taught here for 57 years and was our first woman dean. The school’s second woman faculty member, Herma became a popular professor and renowned scholar of family law, conflicts of law, and sex-based discrimination. A powerful advocate for diversity in legal education and women’s rights, she published numerous articles and book chapters on divorce, adoption, and reproductive rights. Herma died in 2017 at age 82. The Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture was created by a generous seed gift from Professor Pamela Samuelson and her husband Dr. Robert Glushko. The inaugural Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture was delivered by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (story).


Thursday, January 23, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Warren Room, Berkeley Law
2745 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States


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