Erwin Chemerinsky, the nation’s foremost expert on constitutional law, will present “Can a Lawyer Make a Difference” at the inaugural Social Justice Distinguished Speaker Series at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) on Monday, April 13. The talk will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Claudia Hampton Lecture Hall, room 165 in Welch Hall.
Founding and current Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, who also holds the titles of Distinguished Professor of Law and Raymond Pryke Endowed Chair in First Amendment Law at the school, Chemerinsky was named the most influential person in legal education in the United States by National Jurist Magazine in 2014. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and taught at several notable law schools before joining UCI.
Chemerinsky has argued many cases before the highest courts in the nation, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a sought-after commentator on legal issues and is the author of several books, including the 2014 “The Case Against the Supreme Court,” which gives a no-holds-barred analysis of the failings of the Supreme Court throughout American history.
The book was named a book finalist for the 2015 American Bar Association (ABA) Silver Gavel Award, the ABA’s highest honor, which recognizes outstanding works that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system. Copies of his acclaimed book will be available for sale at the lecture; Chemerinsky has agreed to a book signing.
CSUDH assistant professors of criminal justice administration Shari Berkowitz and Jennifer Sumner launched the Social Justice Distinguished Speaker Series to honor the university’s history and commitment to social justice and to engage students, faculty, staff and the community in conversations about some of the most pressing issues in social justice, particularly legal issues.
“We are honored and delighted that Dean Chemerinsky—a renowned legal scholar and social justice advocate—has accepted our invitation. I cannot think of a more ideal person to launch our series,” said Berkowitz.
The Social Justice Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by the Public Policy Institute of the CSUDH College of Business Administration and Public Policy.
The Claudia Hampton Lecture Hall is located on the first floor of Welch Hall on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson, Calif. Parking in campus lots is $5 payable at kiosks located in each lot. Click here for a map of campus.
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