Faculty Speaker Series 2008-2009

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Each year, Carolina Law attracts some of the nation's leading legal scholars to Chapel Hill to share their insights with faculty and students on a variety of engaging topics. The faculty of the UNC School of Law announces their 2008-2009 Speaker Series.

Dorothy Roberts

September 4, 2008
UNC School of Law Rotunda

Dorothy Roberts
The Broun Distinguished Lecture

Roberts has written and lectured on the interconnection of gender, race and class in legal issues concerning reproduction, bioethics and child welfare. She is the author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon), which received a Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books), which received research awards from the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. She is also the co-author of casebooks on constitutional law and women and the law and has published more than 60 articles and essays in books and scholarly journals. Roberts has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford, and a fellow at Harvard University's Program in Ethics and the Professions, and a member of the board of directors of the Black Women's Health Imperative and the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform. She is also on a panel of national experts overseeing foster care reform in Washington state pursuant to a class action settlement agreement. In 2002-03, she was a Fulbright scholar at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies, University of the West Indies, Trinidad-Tobago, where she conducted research on family planning policy and on gender, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. She is currently conducting research on the significance of the spatial concentration of state supervision of children in African American communities and on the use of race in biomedical research and biotechnology. Roberts earned her BA magna cum laude from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Philip Bobbitt

Friday, September 12
2:30 | Reynolds Room, Duke Divinity School

Philip Bobbitt
Co-Sponsored by the UNC Parr Center for Ethics

Duke Divinity School Dean L. Gregory Jones hosts a conversation with Philip Bobbit, accomplished diplomatic and military historian, and author of "Terror and Consent." They will discuss "Confronting the Lethal Problem of Terror: Unsparing Struggles, Rapid Change, and Tragic Obligation." Bobbitt is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Club of Madrid. He is a life member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. He is a member of the Commission on the Continuity of Government. He served as law clerk to the Hon. Henry J. Friendly (2 Cir.), Associate Counsel to the President, the Counselor on International Law at the State Department, Legal Counsel to the Senate Iran-Contra Committee, and Director for Intelligence, Senior Director for Critical Infrastructure and Senior Director for Strategic Planning at the National Security Council. He is a former trustee of Princeton University; and a former member of the Oxford University Modern History Faculty and the War Studies Department of Kings College, London. He serves on the Editorial Board of Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. Bobbitt holds a chair at the Columbia Law School and is a senior fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas.

Felice Batlan

Friday, September 19
Noon | Boardroom

Felice Batlan, Assistant Professor of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
(Part of the Scholars Exchange between UNC-Chapel Hill and Chicago-Kent)

Professor Felice Batlan's areas of expertise are corporate law, securities regulation, legal history and feminist legal theory. She is an adviser to the Securities and Exchange Commission's historical society, and associate editor of Continuity and Change, an academic journal dedicated to exploring the legal and social structures of past societies. Batlan is also on the board of H-Net, an interdisciplinary Web site for humanities and social sciences. Prior to her appointment at Chicago-Kent, she was an associate professor of law at Tulane Law School. She spent nine years in legal practice, first as a corporate and litigation associate in New York and later as head of global compliance and associate general counsel at Greenwich Capital Markets. Batlan was a fellow at the J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and she received the 2003 CCWH/Berkshire Conference of Women's Historians Dissertation Writing Award. She clerked for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Batlan earned her bachelor's degree from Smith University, her PhD in U.S. history from New York University, and was graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was executive editor of the Harvard Women's Law Journal.

Judge Richard Allen Posner

Monday, September 29
at TBA | Duke Law School

Judge Richard Allen Posner
(Part of the Joint Speaker Program with Duke Law School)

Please note: In addition to Carolina faculty, the Duke Law administration has generously reserved ten spots for Carolina Law students. Student sign ups will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students and faculty who wish to attend should contact Teresa Pittman at 919.962.4417 by September 19.

Judge Richard Allen Posner serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago and is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Chicago School of Law. Posner has published nearly 40 books on jurisprudence, legal philosophy, and other topics, including How Judges Think, Preventing Surprise Attacks: Intelligence Reform in the Wake of 9/11, The Problems of Jurisprudence, Sex and Reason, Overcoming Law, Law and Literature, and The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory. Posner is an Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy. He has previously served as president of the American Law and Economics Association, and has earned numerous awards including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Award in Law from the University of Virginia, the Marshall-Wythe Medallion from the College of William and Mary, the 2003 Research Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, the John Sherman Award from the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Thomas C. Schelling Award from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Posner earned his AB from Yale University, his LLB from Harvard University. He has also earned numerous honorary degrees from the universities of Syracuse, Duquesne, Georgetown, Ghent, Yale and others.

Michael Vandenbergh

Friday, October 10
Noon | Boardroom

Michael Vandenbergh
Vanderbilt University Law School

Professor Michael Vandenbergh co-directs the Vanderbilt Law School Regulatory Program and leads the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Project. His research explores the legal, economic and social influences on the environmentally significant behaviors of individuals and firms. He examines the the relationship between formal legal regulation and informal social regulation, and studies the role of private contracts in environmental governance. Prior to his appointment at Vanderbilt, Vandenbergh was a partner at Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., practicing environmental law. He also served as chief of staff of the Environmental Protection Agency and as a law clerk to Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Vandenbergh earned his BA from the University of North Carolina and his J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Mark Hall

Friday, January 23
Noon | Boardroom

Mark Hall
Fred D. and Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law, Wake Forest Law School

Mark Hall is a leading scholar of health care law and policy and medical and bioethics. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, including Making Medical Spending Decisions (Oxford University Press), and Health Care Law and Ethics (Aspen). He researches consumer-driven health care, doctor/patient trust, insurance regulation, and genetics. He has published scholarship in the law reviews at Berkeley, Chicago, Duke, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Stanford, and his articles have been reprinted in a dozen casebooks and anthologies. Hall also teaches in the MBA program at the Babcock School and is on the research faculty at Wake Forest's Medical School. He regularly consults with government officials, foundations and think tanks about health care public policy issues. He earned his BA from Middle Tennessee State University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago School of Law with the highest honors.

Devon W. Carbado

Thursday, January 29
Noon | Rotunda
Broun Lecture


Friday, January 30
Noon | Boardroom

Devon W. Carbado
Professor of Law
UCLA School of Law

Devon W. Carbado has published extensively in the areas of critical race theory, employment discrimination, criminal procedure, constitutional law and identity. He is editor of Race Law Stories (Foundation Press, with Rachel Moran) and is working with Mitu Gulati on a book on employment discrimination tentatively titled Acting White (Oxford University Press). Carbado is a former director of the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA Law, a faculty associate of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, a board member of the African American Policy Forum and a James Town Fellow. Carbado has earned numerous awards for distinguished teaching, and he is a recipient of the Fletcher Foundation Fellowship, which is awarded to scholars whose work furthers the goals of Brown v. Board of Education. Previous positions include an appointment as faculty fellow and visiting associate professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law and as an associate at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. Carbado earned his BA from UCLA and his J.D. from Harvard University, where he was editor-in-chief of The Harvard Black Letter Law Journal.

Olufunmilayo "Funmi" Arewa

Friday, February 13
Noon | Boardroom

Olufunmilayo "Funmi" Arewa, Associate Professor of Law
Northwestern Law

Funmi Arewa's areas of expertise include intellectual property, international trade and business, business law, entrepreneurship, empirical methods, and finance. She has previously held the positions of assistant professor and assistant director of the Center for Law, Technology, and the Arts at Case School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, and chief financial officer and general counsel at Boston-based JT Venture Partners, LLC. She has written several articles and presented on issues relating to copyright infringements, securities regulations and global intellectual property. Arewa earned her AB from Harvard University, her MA and PhD from the University of California - Berkeley, her AM from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from Harvard University.

Richard McAdams

Thursday, March 5
4:15 | Boardroom

Richard McAdams
University of Chicago School of Law
(Part of Joint Speaker Program with Duke Law School)

Richard McAdams focuses his scholarship on criminal law and procedure, social norms, discrimination, and inequality. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and is active in the American Law & Economics Association. Prior to his appointment at the University of Chicago, he taught at IIT Chicago-Kent, Boston University, and the University of Illinois. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and the Yale Law School. He was also a visiting fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences of Australian National University. McAdams clerked for Chief Judge Harrison L. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and he spent three years as an associate with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia. McAdams earned his BA in economics from the University of North Carolina, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was notes editor of the Virginia Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif.

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