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January 2017

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2 Jan 2017 - 10:37am
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First and second year students are invited to join the IHR Summer Internship Program Info Session to learn about available opportunities to work abroad on human rights and other public interest issues during the summer of 2017 and the Program logistics. The Program alumni will be availale to share their expeiriences and answer questions.  

Boxed lunches will be provided.

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3 Jan 2017 - 4:55pm
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LGBTQ people face higher rates of poverty, stigma, marginalization, and hate-motivated violence, which put the community at greater risk for sexual assault. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than heterosexuals; and a staggering 64% of transgender people have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime. Moreover, the ways in which society both hypersexualizes LGBTQ people and stigmatizes their relationships can lead to intimate partner violence that stems from internalized homophobia and shame. And in other cases, the violence does not stem from internalized homophobia or shame, but, rather, is about power and control, like in heterosexual domestic violence. Yet—in part because of societal anti-LGBT bias—incidents are severely underreported, and there is little conversation about the LGBTQ community’s unique needs when it comes to preventing and addressing domestic and sexual violence. Our presenter will discuss tactics perpetrators use to take advantage of LGBTQ people, as well as the criminal and civil legal remedies available to LGBTQ survivors.
 
Lisa Gilmore is the Principal and Founder of the Illinois Accountability Initiative, which strives to support LGBTQ people in their self-determined efforts to create and sustain accountability practices in local communities, among individuals, and within systems and institutions. She is also a local and national gender-based violence LGBTQ policy consultant. Ms. Gilmore previously served as Director of Education and Victim Advocacy at the Center on Halsted, where she worked to improve systemic responses to highly marginalized survivors of bias and violence. She received her B.A. from MacMurray College and her Master of Education, Human Services, and Counseling from DePaul University.

3 Jan 2017 - 4:56pm
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The event will feature a panel of practicing lawyers from various religious and faith traditions. They will discuss the ways that their faith affects the way they each approach the practice of law.

3 Jan 2017 - 5:00pm
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Did you know that Deaf individuals are 1.5x more likely to be victims of relationship violence—including sexual harassment, sexual assault, psychological abuse, and physical abuse—than the general population? Come see a powerful presentation about how domestic violence and sexual assault affect the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, as well as the resources and challenges for such survivors who seek justice via the law.
 
Michele Cunningham is the Victim Advocate at Chicago Hearing Society, a division of Anixter Center. She works with Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing victims of crimes in Chicagoland Area—providing short-term counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy in various settings (e.g., police, hospitals, court), and referrals to appropriate community resources for services. Ms. Cunningham has a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice from Central Connecticut State University.

Michelle Mendiola-McKinnie is the Youth Program Manager and Domestic Violence Advocate at Chicago Hearing Society. She works with Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing adults and children who are victims of domestic violence—providing short-term counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy in various settings (e.g., police, hospitals, court), referrals to appropriate community resources for services, and community education. A graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, Michelle is personally and professionally active in the Deaf community.

3 Jan 2017 - 5:01pm
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The Black Lives Matter movement has gone nationwide, sitting right at the intersection of issues involving race, policing, and the criminal justice system. Dr. Levy-Pounds has graciously agreed to speak at the University of Chicago Law School about the movement, especially in light of the troubling shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile this summer, which simply stand as prominent examples of many similar, less reported examples. Defenders and BLSA hope to bring the discussion of police violence against minority communities to the forefront and hope that everyone at the law school will join us in doing so.

Dr. Nekima Levy-Pounds is a civil rights attorney, freedom fighter, legal scholar, blogger, and nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersections of race, public policy, economic justice, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system. In 2016, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Governor's Commission on Martin Luther King Day. In 2015, she was named one of “40 Under 40” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. In 2014, she was named a “Minnesota Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer and recognized as one of “50 Under 50 Most Influential Law Professors of Color in the Country” by Lawyers of Color magazine. She currently serves as the President of the Minneapolis NAACP and as an advisor to Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.

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4 Jan 2017 - 1:28pm
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This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

4 Jan 2017 - 2:40pm
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Professor Maria Woltjen and students from the Young Center Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic will lead a discussion of the clinic’s work to incorporate a best-interests-of-the-child standard, drawn from international norms, into U.S. immigration law.

Mexican food lunch will be provided.

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5 Jan 2017 - 3:37pm
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Our panel will discuss the cultural, social, economic, and legal factors that create barriers for immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; as well as the special immigration protections for abused immigrants in the Violence Against Women Act (e.g., self-petitions for permanent residency, cancellation of removal (deportation), 'U visas' for immigrant crime victims, and asylum based on membership in gender-based social groups).
 
Ginger Devaney is a staff attorney at the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic who has been working with immigrant communities for over 10 years. Her "Independence Project" unites immigration, family law, and social services into an accessible, trauma-minimizing package to achieve social, legal, and economic independence for victims of domestic violence who seek orders of protection in Chicago. Ms. Devaney has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.

Karla Altmayer is a co-founder & co-director of Healing to Action, an organization working towards building a worker-led movement to end gender violence. She has worked at the intersection of poverty and gender violence for the last ten years. As an Equal Justice Works fellow, Ms. Altmayer launched Proyecto de Apoyo with LAF Chicago to empower farmworker women victims of workplace sexual violence. During her fellowship, she litigated federal/state employment law cases and immigration cases, and developed a trauma-informed outreach model to do community building around gender violence. She also co-founded and co-led the Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Violence (CAWSV), a collaboration among sexual assault advocates, attorneys, and labor organizers in Chicago, IL. As a staff attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center, Ms. Altmayer represented multiple survivors of gender violence. She also edited and co-authored a manual for advocates and organizers to promote a model for multidisciplinary collaboration essential to address workplace sexual violence. Ms. Altmayer graduated from Loyola University Chicago, and Northern Illinois University, College of Law.

5 Jan 2017 - 3:38pm
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This panel will feature attorneys from four Chicago law firms and is hosted by Sidley Austin. We will hear from a diverse group of attorneys about their experiences in private practice.

5 Jan 2017 - 3:38pm
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Environmental Justice is an opportunity and too often overlooked area of environmental law. It deals with the disproportionate impact that pollution, resource use, and other environmental topics have on communities of color and poor people. This lunch talk will be focused mainly on distribution issues within Energy law, but will also discuss some other Environmental Justice topics more generally. Specifically, we would like to discuss (1) the placement of Nuclear Power plants within communities of color; (2) toxic waste and its Environmental Justice implications more generally; (3) Environmental Justice implications of government initiatives both National (Clean Power Plan) and local (lead in paint and water supplies and its developmental effects)

5 Jan 2017 - 3:44pm
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The treatment of military veterans has greatly improved since the Vietnam War. The community has made strides in fighting homelessness, mental health issues, physical disabilities, unemployment, and more, but much remains to be done. Moreover, these problems cut across traditional demographic groups. What sort of legal issues affect military veterans in 2017? Please join Professor Brian Clauss, Executive Director of the Veterans Legal Support Clinic at the John Marshall Law School for an in-depth look at issues facing veterans in the City of Chicago and ways to get involved to fulfill your pro bono commitment.

5 Jan 2017 - 3:46pm
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A panel discussion on violence against Transgender Women of Color in the United States, with special focus on violence against transgender women of color in the City of Chicago.  We will discuss violence against trans women of color, the legal landscape they face, and how law students can get involved in the fight for transgender equality under the new administration.

5 Jan 2017 - 3:57pm
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Please join APALSA in celebrating Diversity Month and our Lunar New Year APALSA Week with a talk by Judge Edmond Chang of the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Chang was confirmed in December 2010 and was the youngest federal judge in the nation at the time. He is the first Asian-Pacific American Article III federal judge in Illinois and the second APA Article III judge outside of the East and West Coasts. Judge Chang will talk about his career, as an associate, an AUSA, and a judge, and the importance of diversity in the legal profession.

5 Jan 2017 - 3:58pm
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Teaching Race seeks to serve as a forum for professors and students to think about the intersection of the law and race outside the context of the criminal law. The event specifically serves as a time to think about the role that legal education plays in Working to affirm or destroy legal systems of racial inequality and how Professors and students can approach these questions

5 Jan 2017 - 3:58pm
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Recent research have found that racial discrimination is a major problem in the sharing economy. For example, a recent study in Seattle found a "pattern of racial discrimination" against passengers with African-American sounding names by Uber and Lyft. Another study by Harvard researchers found "widespread discrimination" by hosts against potential guests also with African-American sounding names. But, the sharing economy has largely been shielded by the existing legal framework from being sued for discrimination. A federal judge ruled two weeks ago that Airbnb's arbitration agreement blocked the suit from being heard in federal court. This talk would examine existing contract and discrimination law to identify possible solutions to this "loophole" in the new sharing economy.

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6 Jan 2017 - 12:14pm
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This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

6 Jan 2017 - 12:22pm
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JLSA and MLSA present a panel discussing civil rights, the forms in which discrimination and bigotry against Muslims and Jewish Americans intersect, and what civil rights lawyers are doing in light of the new political climate. Professor Lior Strahilevitz will moderate a discussion with civil rights attorneys Jonathan Lubin and Sufjan Sohel.

6 Jan 2017 - 5:08pm
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SEI’s Will Gossin will give an overview of the new OpenImpactSeries and the John Edwardson, '72, Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC). A part of the Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program, OpenImpact is a new monthly studio-workshop series that connects research to practice using design thinking. Sessions will bring together graduate students and faculty from across the university to address emerging challenges across the social sector.

This year's programming will explore: Opioid management, prison recidivism, workforce development, human rights, pediatric care and innovative faculty research.

The SNVC program supports aspiring social entrepreneurs across campus in going from idea to solution in a Spring Quarter course and features extensive mentorship, training, and industry introductions. Last year the SNVC was won by a team of law students who founded AccessARC ("the TurboTax for Habeas corpus").

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by Jan 8 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/openimpactsnvc-information-session-law-tickets-30565135142.

6 Jan 2017 - 5:10pm
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Join Tom Levinson, ’05, for a presentation on how to become financially fit as a student and young professional. Tom will focus on important topics such as student loans, how to invest as a student, and how to save money in law school. 

6 Jan 2017 - 5:11pm
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Join the Office of the Dean of Students for an audio tour of The Oriental Institute as part of January's Wellness Wednesday Activity.  Look for Candace Bergeron at the VCA desk and we will all walk over together.  Please see the link below for additional information on the museum.  http://oi.uchicago.edu/museum-exhibits

6 Jan 2017 - 5:11pm
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Join Marsha Hunter for a presentation on how to be an articulate attorney. Speak with confidence, look your listeners in the eye, and be what you must soon become: the always articulate attorney. Whether in professional conversation with partners, clients, and colleagues, or making presentations to any audience, this program helps you push your speaking skills to the next level. Learn how to listen, evaluate, and transform your professional speech to handle cold calls, interviews, class discussions and more. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Sponsored by Schiff Hardin LLP. 

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10 Jan 2017 - 9:49am
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Human rights form an integral part of modern international law, but should they? Many governments have ratified human rights treaties and incorporated human rights law into their legal systems. Yet the persistence of extrajudicial killings, religious persecution, and political repression illustrates that they are violated routinely and blatantly. And with Guantanamo Bay likely to remain open, President-elect Donald Trump vowing to reinstate torture, and the United Kingdom considering withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights, has the idea of universal human rights lost all legitimacy and credibility? Do any countries have the moral authority and political will to lead on human rights? Or is human rights dead, as some argue?

Details and registration

10 Jan 2017 - 12:39pm
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The Law School encourages students to consider careers in law teaching and provides a range of resources and services designed for the individual interested in the academic marketplace. The Faculty Committee on Law Teaching invites all interested students for an information session on careers in law teaching.

Students are expected to review the on-line law teaching information in advance of the program.

Please RSVP here by Friday, February 17, 2017.

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11 Jan 2017 - 2:34pm
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The Law School will be closed for the MLK Holiday.  Students will not have access to the building on this date. 

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13 Jan 2017 - 11:04am
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Drawing on her experience as the U.S. Government lawyer on numerous international negotiations, Ms. Biniaz will walk us through the use of commas, preambles, "constructive ambiguity," and other tools for resolving international disagreement.  

Susan Biniaz has been in the Legal Adviser’s Office at the State Department since 1984.

She has been the principal lawyer on the climate change negotiations since 1989. Biniaz has worked on legal issues related to the Middle East, diplomatic law, and outer space before turning to oceans, environmental, and scientific affairs, which has remained her specialization. After heading the legal Office for European Affairs, she headed the Oceans, Environment, and Science legal office for many years before becoming a Deputy Legal Adviser.

As Deputy, she supervised the Treaty Office and issues related to the law of the sea, human rights, the Western Hemisphere, East Asia, piracy off the coast of Somalia, international criminal law, and private international law.

Biniaz attended Yale College and earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She clerked for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

This event is cosponsored by the International Programs and the International Law Society. This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Boxed lunches will be provided.

13 Jan 2017 - 4:44pm
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Part of Chicago's intellectual tradition is a willingness to take nothing for granted. Comparative study of legal institutions often reveals to us exactly how much we take for granted in the design of our legal institutions. Take the US Supreme Court: Why nine justices? Why does the president, and not the current justices, appoint new justices? Why do they sit en banc in every case, rather than sitting in panels of, say, two justices? Why do they decide 80 cases per year--why not 800, or 8,000? Why do the justices wait for cases raising important issues, rather than just filing their own cases?

In this talk, I'll describe current empirical work on the Supreme Court of India, considered by many to be the most powerful court in the world. I'll present data on how the Court operates, which cases it decides, and how it decides them. This leads to two lines of inquiry: First, what does an apex court so radically unlike our own teach us about the possibilities for institutional design for courts? And second, how can empirical study of one court (such as the Supreme Court of India) inform our understanding of judicial behavior in very different courts (such as our own)?

13 Jan 2017 - 4:46pm
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Join Dr. Adia Gooden for a lunchtime workshop on mindset.  We will talk about two different mindsets, how they affect academic performance, and what can be done to change and strengthen your mindset.

13 Jan 2017 - 4:46pm
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Environmental Justice is an opportunity and too often overlooked area of environmental law. It deals with the disproportionate impact that pollution, resource use, and other environmental topics have on communities of color and poor people. This lunch talk will be focused mainly on distribution issues within Energy law, but will also discuss some other Environmental Justice topics more generally. Specifically, we would like to discuss (1) the placement of Nuclear Power plants within communities of color; (2) toxic waste and its Environmental Justice implications more generally; (3) Environmental Justice implications of government initiatives both National (Clean Power Plan) and local (lead in paint and water supplies and its developmental effects). Organized by ELS.

13 Jan 2017 - 4:47pm
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Our panel will discuss the cultural, social, economic, and legal factors that create barriers for immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; as well as the special immigration protections for abused immigrants in the Violence Against Women Act (e.g., self-petitions for permanent residency, cancellation of removal (deportation), 'U visas' for immigrant crime victims, and asylum based on membership in gender-based social groups). Organized by ILS, LLSA, MLSA, SALSA, DSVP

13 Jan 2017 - 4:47pm
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Royanne Doi, Corporate Chief Ethics Officer at Prudential Financial, will share her perspective on the increasingly important role of the Chief Ethics Officers in today’s corporation. Royanne earned her JD from UCLA and holds a BA in Philosophy from Washington University.   Based in Tokyo, Royanne heads Prudential Financial’s Global Business Ethics & Integrity Office, and is responsible for implementing strategies to drive high ethical standards and effectively integrating ethics across Prudential’s global businesses.  Royanne also serves on the U.S. Board for the U.S. – Japan Council.

13 Jan 2017 - 4:49pm
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This panel will feature attorneys from four Chicago law firms and is hosted by Sidley Austin. We will hear from a diverse group of attorneys about their experiences in private practice. Organized by LLSA.

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17 Jan 2017 - 11:09am
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*4:00 pm start time

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18 Jan 2017 - 3:20pm
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Prof. Segall will present his paper "Eight Justices are Enough: A Proposal to Improve the Supreme Court."

Open to the public but seating may be limited. Paper available at the Judicial Behavior Workshop webpage.

18 Jan 2017 - 6:41pm
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David Bronner and a panel of seasoned mergers & acquisitions lawyers from Nixon Peabody LLP, will stage an interactive "mock negotiation" in Classroom V during the Corporate Lab class of the Law School between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on January 24, 2017.  All students of the Law School interested in the inner workings of a merger and acquisition purchase agreement negotiation should consider attending.

Refreshments will be seved.

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19 Jan 2017 - 1:59pm
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Ronald H. Coase, who spent most of his academic career at the University of Chicago Law School, helped create the field of law and economics, through groundbreaking scholarship that earned him the 1991 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and through his far-reaching influence as a journal editor.

Each year, one law school professor is chosen to give the annual Coase Lecture, on a topic of his/her choosing and that highlights and introduces students, faculty, staff and community members to the field of law and economics. This year the Professor Anthony Casey has agreed to give the annual Coase Lecture. The title of his talk is  "The Short Happy Life of Rules and Standards."

We hope you will join us for this wonderful event. The event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited. Reception to follow immediately after the lecture.

19 Jan 2017 - 4:08pm
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Gillian Thomas, staff attorney at the ACLU Women's Rights Project, will discuss issues in her recently-published book, Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years about Title VII and its effects for women in the workplace. The book details ten important Supreme Court cases for women's equality, and spends as much time on the personal details as the legal ones for an extremely compelling read. As Title VII is one of the most important safeguards for women and helps ensure gender diversity in the workplace, we believe it will be a valuable addition to the Law School's Diversity Month. Organized by If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Labor and Employment Law Society, Public Interest Law Society, Employment Law Clinic, and Law Women's Caucus. 

19 Jan 2017 - 4:09pm
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This talk is designed to provide an overview of the legal landscape in South Asia as related to health and its intersection with human rights and religious freedom. The talk will also touch on the differences across South Asia and between South Asia and the United States. Organized by SALSA.

19 Jan 2017 - 4:14pm
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Join James Cole, Jr., Former General Counsel, Delegated the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education, for a discussion of the Obama Education Department’s key educational initiatives.  Cole will discuss his work advancing the civil rights of transgender children, regulating predatory colleges, and with the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, which seeks to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color.

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20 Jan 2017 - 4:09pm
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Why Strict Liability Should Apply to All Dangerous Activities-Both Common and Uncommon

 

This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

20 Jan 2017 - 4:53pm
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Join LWC and Judge Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as she discusses her experiences as a woman in the judiciary and shares insight and advice for future female attorneys and judges.

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22 Jan 2017 - 9:18am
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Judge John L. Kane has been a United States District Judge since 1977, and became a Senior United States District Judge in 1988.  He received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado (Boulder) in 1958 and his law degree from the University of Denver in 1961.  He received an honorary LL.D. from the University of Denver in 1997.  Judge Kane has taught at graduate and undergraduate levels in both law and liberal arts at the University of Denver, and has instructed at Metropolitan State College in Denver.  In 2004, he taught a course in Philosophy of Law at the University of Colorado Denver. Additionally, he has taught at the University of Colorado School of Law and was a visiting lecturer at Trinity College/Dublin.  He has written numerous articles published in legal journals and authored chapters in books and monographs on legal history.

Judge Kane served in the Peace Corps from 1967 to 1969, first in Calcutta, India and then in Turkey.  Before that, he served as Colorado’s first Public Defender and founded the state’s first racially integrated law office in 1963 with the late Irving P. Andrews.  He has received numerous awards in his fields of academics and law.  Since becoming a judge he has consulted on behalf of the State Department and the U.S. Information Agency in many foreign countries on human rights and constitutional issues.  On behalf of the State Department he has been a delegate to parliamentary conferences on various legal and judicial subjects in Spain, Tunisia, Albania, Moldova and Mongolia.

This event is free and open to Law School students, faculty, and staff.  Lunch will be provided.

22 Jan 2017 - 5:36pm
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Food labeling is one of the least objectionable types of regulation bursting onto the scene in recent decades. It is also one of the least successful. Professor Ben-Shahar will explain the appeal of food labeling—of calories, GMO, nutrition facts, hygiene, and much more. He will present the evidence for the failure of labeling and some thoughts on why the high hopes are misguided.

Funded in part by Student Government.

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23 Jan 2017 - 10:17am
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The lecture starts by introducing the concept of sustainable development. Subsequently the reciprocal relationship between economic growth and environmental protection will be discussed. In particular, the question whether economic growth damages the environment or whether it is more or less the prerequisite for environmental protection will be examined. In closing the most important strategies of implementing sustainable development are presented and assessed from an economic perspective.

Klaus Mathis is Full Professor for Public Law, Law of the Sustainable Economy and Philosophy of Law at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. Professor Mathis is the editor of the academic book series "Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship". He is the co-founder and Chairing Director of the Center for Law and Sustainability (CLS) and Director of the Institute for Research in the Fundaments of Law - lucernaiuris. Klaus Mathis is also a member of the evaluation committee "Ambizione", for the funding scheme "Humanities" of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and board member of the Swiss section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy (IVR).

Professor Mathis studied Economics and Jurisprudence at the University of Zurich.

This event is free and open to the public, but seating may be limited.

23 Jan 2017 - 3:46pm
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Panelists will discuss how to prevent, identify, and address potential adverse psychological, emotional, and interpersonal consequences of working with traumatized clients. This discussion will explore both the occupational hazards and ethical obligations towards clients stemming from secondary trauma.

Panelists: Marisa Chumil, Senior Social Worker, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights; and Kim Hunt, Executive Director, Pride Action Tank

Lunch from Snail Thai

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