Our first guest
lecture was Professor Bruce Mann of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a
renowned legal historian, who lectured on themes from his new book, A
Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence (Harvard
University Press, 2002). This was an interesting talk for all who attended!
Professor Aaron Fichtelberg of Sociology and
Criminal Justice spoke on October 28. Aaron discussed his current research: “Crimes
beyond Justice? Retributivism and War Crimes Trials."
Maragia will speak on Thursday November 18 at 1:00 pm in Willard 208. The topic
will be "Gender, Tradition and Sustainability -- Evaluating the Application of
Indigenous Knowledge in Post-Colonial Societies: The Example of Kenya."
February 17, 2005
at 12:15 pm in Trabant 206
Our first guest
lecture for the new spring semester is Matthew Robinson of the UD Department of
Health and Exercise Sciences. Professor Robinson teaches courses on the legal
aspects of sports management. His talk is titled: "Spectators and Participants
in Sport: The Use of Inherent Risk as a Defense Against Negligence Claims."
Was getting beat up by an NBA player an inherent risk for a spectator
attending that infamous NBA game in Detroit? Does that relieve the team, arena
owner and players from liable? This may sound far fetched, but there is
precedence that would show that the defense may be plausible!
2005 at 12:15 p.m. in Willard 205A
Flaherty of the UD History Department will lecture
on his research on the legal profession in Japan.
Professor Flaherty specializes in Japanese history and East
Asian social and political history, from the nineteenth century to the present.
With a B.A. from the history program at The Johns Hopkins University, he
received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in October 2001. His current work
focuses on voluntary associations, particularly associations of lawyers, in
modern Japanese politics. Other research interests include questions of law and
social change in Japan, U.S. military bases in East Asia, and how public spaces
Professor Josef Stern
“Maimonides and Nahmanides on Holiness and Law”
April 15, 2005
2:30 pm in Gore 204
We are pleased to announce that our guest lecturer
on April 15 will be Professor Josef Stern. Josef Stern is Professor in the
Department of Philosophy and the Committee on Jewish Studies at the University
of Chicago. His talk is on
origins of the notion of holiness and its relation to law.
Professor Stern received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.
at Columbia University, and for three years also pursued non-degree studies in
Talmud, medieval rabbbinics, and Jewish thought in Israel. His current research
is principally in contemporary philosophy of language and medieval philosophy,
especially the philosophy of Moses Maimonides, although his broader interests
and the courses he teaches include various topics in epistemology and
metaphysics (such as skepticism and free will), Islamic and Latin medieval
philosophy, philosophy of religion, logic, and philosophy of art. At present he
is completing a book manuscript entitled The Matter and Form of Maimonides'
Guide of the Perplexed and engaged in research on various topics in the
theory of reference, such as demonstratives, indirect discourse, and belief
sentences, on normativity in language and the foundations of linguistics, issues
of representation in language and art, and on the reception of Quine's
indeterminacy thesis as a case study of the transformation of a problem in
twentieth century Anglo-American philosophy. Among his recent publications are
Metaphor in Context, Problems and Parables of Law: Maimonides and
Nahmanides on Reasons for the Commandments, "Metaphors in Pictures," and
"Maimonides' Demonstrations: Principles and Practice."
The 2005 Koford Lecture
Our guest speaker for the
first annual "Koford Lecture" held on April 15, 2005, was Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law at
George Washington University Law School. The lecture is named
in honor of our long-time friend and former Director of Legal
Studies, the late
Kenneth J. Koford.
Professor Rosen is the author of The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction
of Privacy in America (2001), which was called by The New
York Times "the definitive text on privacy perils in
the digital age." His latest book, The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming
Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age (2004) was called by
the Harvard Law Review a "thoughtful and engaging read
. . . [that] provides much-needed depth to the debate over
balancing privacy and security in an age of terrorism."
Professor Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum
laude; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar;
and Yale Law School. His essays and book reviews have appeared
in many publications, including The New Republic, The New
York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker,
where he has been a staff writer. He is a frequent contributor
to National Public Radio and is the legal affairs editor of
The New Republic. Professor Rosen spoke on his latest research, a
forthcoming book on democracy and the U.S. Supreme Court.
2005 Student Conference on Legal Studies
LEST students submitted their papers
for presentation at the 2005 Student Conference on Legal Studies
and for consideration for cash prizes for the best undergraduate
and best graduate papers on law and legal issues.
Here are the winners!! Congratulations to the winners and
all those who submitted papers!!
Best Paper $100
Best Oral Presentation