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Blackmun Lecture

former Blackum law clerks

Professor Edward B. Foley, Professor Michelle Alexander, Sally Blackmun, the Honorable Diane Pamela Wood, Dean Nancy H. Rogers, Professor Ellen Deason and Professor Alan Michaels

The Blackmun Lecture honors the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun (1908-1999) by addressing the justice's enduring contributions to the Court for more than 25 years.

The series was developed by five former Blackmun law clerks on the Moritz College of Law faculty: James J. Brudney (1980 Term), Ellen E. Deason (1986 Term), Alan C. Michaels (1987 Term) Edward B. (Ned) Foley (1988 Term), and Michelle Alexander (1993 Term).

The lecture is underwritten by the Gregory H. Williams Fund for Excellence established by through a gift from Michael E. Moritz.

2008-09 Blackmun Lecture: Transnationalist Jurisprudence in U.S. Courts

September 19, 2008 | 12:00 p.m. | Saxbe Auditorium

Harold KohHarold Hongju Koh
Dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law
Yale Law School

Dean Koh will explore the question of how American judges should decide cases with international elements? That question has challenged U.S. courts for centuries, but has assumed daily pressing significance in an age of globalization. In his Blackmun Lecture, Dean Harold Hongju Koh, author of Transnational Litigation in United States Courts (2008), argues that judges should seek to develop a "transnationalist," rather than a nationalist, jurisprudence, following a historical tradition furthered by judges and justices such as Harry A. Blackmun himself.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to the first 100 attendees. No RSVP is required.

2007-08: Is the Exclusionary Rule Obsolete?

October 23, 2007

David A. SklanskyDavid A. Sklansky
John H. Watson, Jr. Visiting Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Professor Sklansky contemplated what Justice Blackmun might have written - from his pragmatic perspective - in the recent Hudson case from the Supreme Court, in which Justice Scalia questioned the current need for the exclusionary rule. Professor Sklansky was a law clerk to Justice Blackmun 1985-86.

2006-07: From Omnipotence to Impotence: American Judges and Sentencing

September 27, 2006 | Noon | Barrister Club

Nancy GertnerThe Honorable Nancy Gertner
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

2005-06: Justice Blackmun and the Common Law Tradition

October 7, 2005 | Noon | Barrister Club

Honorable Diane P. Wood
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

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