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Register for the Agendas and Procedures of Social Governance Colloquium

February 1, 2019 | Events

Throughout the Spring semester, Election Law @ Moritz will be hosting an ongoing colloquium to consider the capacity for democratic institutions to address pressing issues of public policy. On six Friday mornings and one Thursday morning, seven speakers from top law schools around the country will join us to contribute to an increased understanding of how our legal institutions and processes can better address key social needs.

Richard H. Pildes from New York University joined us on February 1 and kicked off the ongoing colloquium which will resume on February 8 with our second speaker, Mehrsa Baradaran. Below you will fine a quick bio for each of our remaining speakers and information on how to register for each session, which will take place in the Vorys Faculty Lounge at Drinko Hall.

February 8:

Mehrsa Baradaran
University of Georgia
10 a.m. – Noon

Mehrsa Baradaran joined the University of Georgia School of Law faculty in the fall of 2012. She currently serves as the school’s associate dean for strategic initiatives and as the holder of the Robert Cotten Alston Associate Chair in Corporate Law. As associate dean, she focusses on diversity and inclusion efforts, and national and international faculty scholarship recognition.

February 22:

Shelley Welton
University of South Carolina
10 a.m. – Noon

Shelley Welton is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Her research focuses on how climate change is transforming energy and environmental law and governance. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law ReviewMichigan Law Review, New York University Law ReviewUniversity of Colorado Law Review, and Harvard Environmental Law Review. At the University of South Carolina, she teaches Administrative Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law and Policy, and Climate Change Law.

March 8:

Mila Versteeg
University of Virginia
10 a.m. – Noon

Mila Versteeg’s research and teaching interests include comparative constitutional law, public international law and empirical legal studies. Most of her research deals with the origins, evolution and effectiveness of provisions in the world’s constitutions. Her publications have appeared in the California Law Review, the New York University Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Law and Economics amongst others.

April 12:

Karen Tani
University of California, Berkeley
10 a.m. – Noon

Karen M. Tani is a scholar of U.S. legal history, with broad interests in poverty law and policy, administrative agencies, rights language, federalism, and the modern American state. She teaches torts, legal and constitutional history, and social welfare law. Tani is the author of States of Dependency: Welfare, Rights, and American Governance, 1935-1972 (Cambridge University Press, 2016), which won the 2017 Cromwell Book Prize from the American Society for Legal History.

April 26:

Lisa Manheim
University of Washington
10 a.m. – Noon

Lisa Manheim writes in the areas of constitutional law, election law, and presidential powers. Her scholarship has been published in the Iowa Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, and other leading academic journals. These works explore questions of federalism and institutionalism in the context of the judiciary, with a particular focus on procedure and the mechanics of adjudication. Professor Manheim’s courses include Constitutional Law, Election Law, Legislation, and Federal Courts.

May 2:

Martha McCluskey
University at Buffalo
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Martha McCluskey’s teaching has included courses on constitutional law, torts, insurance, regulation, economic inequality and the relationships between work and family. She earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and a J.S.D. with distinction from Columbia Law School. Before entering academia she was an attorney for the Maine Public Advocate Office.