2023 Underhill Lecture

A Conversation with Former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom,
Lady Brenda Hale,
Baroness Hale of Richmond & Professor Amanda Tyler

Monday, April 3, 2023 | 12:50 – 2:00 p.m. | Goldberg Room

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Lady Brenda Hale retired as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the most senior Judge in the United Kingdom, in January 2020. Before becoming a Judge, she had a varied career, as an academic lawyer at the University of Manchester (also qualifying and practicing for a while as a barrister in Manchester), as the first woman member of the Law Commission, where she led successful projects in Family Law and Mental Capacity Law. She was appointed a High Court Judge in 1994, was promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1999, and in 2004 became the first and only woman ‘Law Lord’ in the House of Lords, then the apex court in the United Kingdom. In 2009, the Law Lords were translated into the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. She became its Deputy President in 2013 and its first woman President in 2017. She holds a number of honorary and visiting academic appointments, several honorary degrees, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. In retirement she has spent her time in good works, speaking and writing – her memoir, Spiderwoman, A Life, was published in 2021.

Amanda L. Tyler

Professor Amanda L. Tyler is the Shannon Cecil Turner Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Professor Tyler’s research and teaching interests include the Supreme Court, federal courts, constitutional law, legal history, civil procedure, and statutory interpretation. She is the co-author, with the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, of Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union(opens in a new tab)(opens in a new tab), which the University of California Press published in early 2021. The book is an outgrowth of Justice Ginsburg’s 2019 visit to Berkeley Law when she and Tyler sat down for a conversation about Justice Ginsburg’s life. Tyler is also the author of Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay(opens in a new tab)(opens in a new tab), published in 2017 by Oxford University Press and released in paperback in 2019, as well as Habeas Corpus: A Very Short Introduction(opens in a new tab)(opens in a new tab), published in 2021 by Oxford University Press.  Tyler has contributed to many books and published with the Atlantic, the Lawfare Blog, other media outlets, and numerous law journals.  Recent articles include Courts and the Executive in Wartime: A Comparative Study of the American and British Approaches to the Internment of Citizens During World War II and Their Lessons for Today, 107 California Law Review 789 (2019); and Habeas Corpus in Wartime and Larger Lessons for Constitutional Law(opens in a new tab)(opens in a new tab)Harvard Law Review Online (April 2019).  Another article, Judicial Review in Times of Emergency: From the Founding Through the COVID-19 Pandemic, is forthcoming with the Virginia  Law Review (2023). Since 2016, Professor Tyler has served as a co-editor of Hart and Wechsler’s The Federal Courts and the Federal System (Foundation Press) (with Richard H. Fallon, Jr., Jack L. Goldsmith, John F. Manning, and David L. Shapiro).