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50th Annual William H. Leary Lecture

February 4, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Fifty Years of Constitutional Law: What’s Changed?

5:30 p.m. – Reception
6:00 p.m. – Lecture

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S.J. Quinney Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
For the 50th anniversary of the Leary Lecture, Erwin Chemerinsky reflects on the last half-century of constitutional law.  Changes in society and in the United States Supreme Court’s ideology have produced major shifts in some constitutional areas, while others have remained remarkably unchanged.

chemerinskyErwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.

Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. Before that, he taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law. Chemerinsky has also taught at UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law.

His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.

Chemerinsky holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.

Watch Chemerinsky’s May 3, 2012 TEDx Presentation

The Leary Lecture is named in honor of William H. Leary, Dean of the University of Utah College of Law from 1915 to 1950, who was renowned for his intellectual rigor and love of teaching. The Leary Lecture has been an annual event since 1965.

1 hour of CLE (pending). This event will be streamed online via the S.J. Quinney College of Law Youtube Channel »

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February 4, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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