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New Lawyers and Social Change Colloquium Brings Legal Experts to Hofstra Law

Lawyers and Social Change, a course examining how the law can be instrumental for social change, is being offered for the first time during the spring 2016 semester.

Each week, a different guest lecturer — a distinguished scholar or practitioner — relates his or her experience in bringing about social change, followed by questions from and comments by the students.

The colloquium, which was originated by the late Professor Monroe H. Freedman, is taught by Joanna L. Grossman, the Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law. It is offered in partnership with Hofstra Law’s Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics.

The Freedman Institute serves as a research center for the study of legal ethics issues. In addition to offering courses in professional responsibility, it sponsors speakers, conferences and symposiums and provides opportunities for student and faculty research.

Hofstra Law students not enrolled in the course who are interested in attending a lecture should email Professor Grossman.

The guest lecturers for this semester are:

Jan. 21, Ronald L. Kuby, Partner, The Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby: “Why Wrongful Convictions Persist?”

Jan. 28, Eric M. Freedman, Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Rights, Hofstra Law: “It Takes a Village: Coalitions for Social Change and the Multiple Roles of Lawyers”

Feb. 4, Janis McDonald ’77, Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, and Paula C. Johnson, Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law: “Racist Killings and Social Justice Advocacy: The Connection Between the Past and the Present”

Feb. 11, Richard Katskee, Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State: “Litigating in the Limelight: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design”

Feb. 18, Leon Friedman, Joseph Kushner Distinguished Professor of Civil Liberties Law, Hofstra Law: “What the Hurricane Carter Case Shows About Defects in the Criminal Justice System”

March 3, Robin Steinberg, Founder and Executive Director, The Bronx Defenders: “Heeding Gideon’s Call: Holistic Defense and the New Public Defense Paradigm”

March 10, Harvey Silverglate, Attorney, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP: “The Daycare Sex Panic of the 1980s”

March 17, Robert Cummins, Attorney, The Cummins Law Firm, P.C.: “When in Doubt Do Right — It Will Gratify Some and Astonish the Rest”

March 24, Susan Sommer, Senior Counsel and National Director of Constitutional Litigation, Lambda Legal: “The Road to Marriage Equality and Beyond”

April 6, Paul Butler, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center: “Should Good People Be Prosecutors?”

April 14, Gerald B. Lefcourt, Attorney, Gerald B. Lefcourt, P.C.: “Changing the World Through Legal Advocacy”

April 21, Deborah L. Brake, Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and Verna L. Williams, Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law: “The Title IX Revolution or War Stories From the Battle-Scarred”