Meet and Talk with Professor Christopher KutzKutz

Wednesday, September 27, 2023
12:50 PM to 2:00 PM
Room 140, Law Building
Lunch will be provided starting 12:50 PM with RSVP 
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Christopher Kutz
C. William Maxeiner Professor of Law, Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program
Professor (by courtesy) of Philosophy and Political Science

Professor Kutz is the author of Complicity: Ethics and Law for a Collective Age (2001) and On War and Democracy (2016); his new book, The Improvisational Public, is forthcoming in 2024.

VSP Welcome Reception2023 Welcome Reception

Monday, September 25, 2023
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST
Warren Room 295, Law Building

Please join us in welcoming our new Visiting Scholars to the Berkeley Law Community! The welcome reception is open to all faculty sponsors, Directors, Managers, and all visiting scholars. 

Food and drinks will be served.

VSP End-of-Year Social Event
Shakespear 1

Sunday, April 30, 2023
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM PST
Shakespeare Trail 2023: A Witches’ Brew
Freight & Salvage Theater
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

You are the jury in this interactive trial based on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “Macbeth,” featuring Dean Erwin Chemerinsky (Berkeley Law) and Professor Bernadette Meyler (Stanford Law). The facts will be brought to life by actors from UC Irvine’s New Swan Shakespeare Festival. Click here to learn more about this event.

We will offer 15-20 tickets for Berkeley Law Visiting Scholars (Tickets are first-come, first-served) and provide a bag of snacks for the visiting scholars who join in person.

Click here to register by Friday, April 28, at noon.

The Legal Team
– Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law
– Bernadette Meyler
Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law at Stanford University
– Hon. Andrew Guilford, Ret.
Former United States District Judge for the Central District of California

The Actors
– Hope Andrejack (Witch)
– Meg Evens (Witch)
– Abel Garcia (Witch)
– Evan Lugo (Macbeth)

Visiting Scholar Talks10-24-22 talk

Monday, October 24, 2022
12:50 PM to 2:00 PM PST
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Ensuring Judicial Independence in the United States and Lessons for Uzbekistan
Professor Botirjon Kosimov analyzes how judicial independence is ensured in the United States of America and what lessons Uzbekistan may take from these practices. The paper embraces a wide range of issues related to judicial independence, namely the history of judicial independence, its theory and relationship with judicial accountability, challenges to judicial independence, and legal foundations for ensuring judicial independence and judicial discipline. Professor Kosimov’s paper also considers the role of digitalization of courts in ensuring judicial independence, which is very important in today’s world.

Professor Botirjon Kosimov
Tashkent State University

Professor Kosimov is an Acting Associate Professor at Tashkent State University of Law, a leading law university in Uzbekistan. He received his law degree in 2010 and a Master of Law degree in 2016 from Tashkent State University of Law. During his studies, he interned at the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, a district criminal court in Tashkent city, and the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan. During his ten-year academic career, he has trained hundreds of law students. He teaches Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Parliamentary Law courses.

Judge Jeremy Fogel (ret.)
Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, Berkeley Law

Jeremy Fogel is the first Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute, a center at Berkeley Law School whose mission is to build bridges between judges and academics and to promote an ethical, resilient and independent judiciary. Prior to his appointment at Berkeley, he served as Director of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC (20112018), as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of California (19982011), and as a judge of the Santa Clara County Superior (19861998) and Municipal (19811986) Courts. He was the founding Directing Attorney of the Mental Health Advocacy Project from 1978 to 1981 and was a national leader in promoting access to justice for people with chronic mental health issues. As a consultant for Regional Dialogue (an international NGO) and with funding from the U.S. Department of State, he has visited Uzbekistan on three separate occasions to support judicial modernization efforts.

Presented by the Visiting Scholars Program.

VSP Welcome Reception
Welcome Reception
Monday, September 26, 2022
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM PST
Warren Room 295, Law Building

Please join us in welcoming our new Visiting Scholars to the Berkeley Law Community! The welcome reception is open to all faculty sponsors and all current and new visiting scholars who would like to attend. 

Food and drinks will be served.