Academic Year 2006-2007
On April 27, 2007, our
special guest speaker was Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court.
The event was held in the Thompson Theater in the Center for the Arts and was co-sponsored by the offices of the President and University
A native of Trenton,
N.J., Scalia received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown
University and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, and
his law degree from Harvard Law School. He was a Sheldon Fellow
of Harvard University from 1960-61.
After practicing law
in Cleveland from 1961-67, he served as professor of law at the
University of Virginia from 1967-71 and at the University of
Chicago from 1977-82. He also was a visiting professor of law at
Georgetown and Stanford universities. Scalia chaired the
American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law from
1981-82 and its Conference of Section Chairmen from 1982-83.
He served the federal government as general counsel of the
Office of Telecommmuncations Policy from 1971-72 and assistant
attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974-77.
He was appointed judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. President Ronald
Reagan nominated Scalia as an associate justice of the Supreme
Court, and he took his seat on Sept. 26, 1986.
Justic Scalia is
married to Maureen McCarthy, and they have nine children,
including Matthew, who is an instructor in UD's Department of
Military Science, and enrollment and scholarship officer in the
Army ROTC Program.
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Professor Sam Peltzman
March 15, 2007 at 4:00 pm in Purnell 115
This annual lecture is named in honor of our long-time friend and former Director of
Legal Studies, the late
Kenneth J. Koford.
The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Department of Economics in the Lerner
College of Business & Economics.
We are very pleased to announce that our guest speaker for the
Third Annual Koford Lecture will be
Sam Peltzman, the
Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of
Chicago. Professor Peltzman is interested in the economics of regulation
and government activity with concentration in the following areas: banking and
capital markets, antitrust, public utilities, transportation, consumer
protection, and education; economics of politics; industrial organization.
His many publications include: "Prices Rise Faster than they Fall," Journal
of Political Economy, (June 2000); Political Participation and Government
Regulation (University of Chicago Press, 1998); "The Political Economy of
the Decline of American Public Education: Non-College Bound Students,"
Journal of Law and Economics (April 1996); "Voters as Fiscal Conservatives,"
Quarterly Journal of Economics (May 1992); "The Economic Theory of
Regulation After a Decade of Deregulation," Brookings Papers on Economic
Activity, Microeconomics (1989).
Peltzman has previously taught at the University of California, Los Angeles
(1964-73), the Institute for Advanced Study, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
(1978), and was faculty research fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research
(1966). He was senior staff economist on the President's Council of
Economic Advisers (1970-71).
Questions regarding events can be directed to Maryanne
Brown-MacKay (Staff Assistant) or Sheldon
Judge Richard S. Gebelein
"Law Reform in a Post-Conflict Environment:
Afghanistan to Bosnia"
Monday October 16th
3:30 pm in Gore 117
Richard S. Gebelein served
as Superior Court Judge for the State of Delaware from October 1984 until
August 2005, and had served as the Chief of the Criminal Trial Division in
New Castle. Prior to this appointment, he had been elected as Attorney
General of Delaware in 1978 and served until 1983. Judge Gebelein has
participated in Judicial and Prosecutorial training in a number of
international jurisdictions including Russia, Lithuania, Holland, Canada and
Afghanistan. In 2004, as a Colonel in the Delaware National Guard, he had
served as the Rule of Law Officer for Combined Forces Command in
Afghanistan. In that role he was responsible for coordinating legal and
judicial reform efforts among and between Afghan courts and government
agencies, coalition military forces, international organizations and US
Government agencies. Judge Gebelein had previously participated in training
Bosnian judges and prosecutors as to the principles of an adversary system
as embodied in their recently enacted criminal procedure code. In August
2005, Judge Gebelein was appointed as an international judge on the State
Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Special Chambers for War Crimes and Organized
and Economic Crime and Corruption and he currently serves in this position
"The End of the World As We Knew It:
The Internet, Technological Change, and the Law"
Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 5:00 p.m.
Trabant Center, Room 209/211
Philip J. Weiser is Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, where he has
a joint appointment with the School of Law and the Interdisciplinary
Telecommunications Program. This year, he is Visiting Professor of Law at the
University of Pennsylvania Law School. Professor Weiser is a 1990 graduate of
Swarthmore and has a J.D. from New York University Law School. After clerking
for two years (for Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David M. Ebel and United
States Supreme Court Justices Byron R. White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Professor
Weiser entered the world of technology policy as Senior Counsel to Joel Klein,
Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, at the U.S. Department of
Justice. Since joining the University of Colorado, Professor Weiser founded and
serves as Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications
Program, which holds regular seminars on issues at the intersection of
information technology, business, and law. Professor Weiser teaches, lectures,
and writes widely on information law and policy topics, including a recent book,
Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age
(co-authored with Jon Nuechterlein and published by MIT Press in 2005).
2007 Student Conference on Legal Studies
Thursday April 12, 2007 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Memorial Hall room 112
In April 1998, the Legal Studies Program held its first Annual Student
Research Day. The tradition continued this year, with an interesting
These were the winners! Congratulations to the winners and all those
who submitted papers!!
Undergraduate Student division:
First Prize best written paper ($75):
Runner up ($50):
Runner up ($25):
Runner up ($25):
Oral Presentation: ($25)
First Prize written paper ($75):
Runner up ($50):
Juniors and sophomores: Plan
ahead. Save your best law-related paper for next year's conference.
For the results of the 2006 competition, click
Symposium on Copyright Law and Fashion Design
February 15, 2007 at
5:00 pm in Purnell 115
This symposium is
co-sponsored by the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies. The panel
with include two lawyers who specialize in intellectual property rights and
copyright law for trade dress and design. Hara K. Jacobs is a partner in
the Litigation Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Group at
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, in Philadelphia. Ms Jacobs has
been involved in a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including
trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secrets. She is co-author of U.S.
Trade Dress Law: A Primer for the New Millennium (2002). She will be
joined by Paul Lantieri III, an associate in the Litigation Department and a
member of the Intellectual Property Group at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll.
March 22, 2006
Prof. Joshua Duke, University of
"The Land Assembly Problem: Lessons
from Kelo v. New London"
In a highly informative (and
well-attended) lecture, Professor Duke discussed the
implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on the power of eminent
domain in Kelo v. New
This spring, Professor Leslie
Goldstein of the Department of Political Science & International Relations gave a talk titled "Slavery Law and the Marshall Court." The talk
was held on Monday, May 7 at 12:15 to 1:30 pm in Room 308 Gore Hall
Studies Film Festival
After many false
starts, the Legal Studies Film Festival finally commenced in
fall 2006. The first two screenings were:
Enron: The Smartest
Guys in the Room
Tuesday October 10, 2006 at 7:00 pm in Purnell
115 Free admission!!
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the
film based on the best-selling
book of the same name by
a study of one of the largest business scandals in American
The film examines the collapse of the
Corporation, which resulted in criminal trials for
several of the company's top executives. The film also shows the
involvement of Enron traders in the California electricity
The film was nominated for Best
Documentary Feature at the
The Paper Chase
Thursday April 19, 2007 at 7:00 pm in Purnell
115 Free admission!!
Hart is a first-year
law student at Harvard who struggles with balancing his heavy
load of coursework and trying to impress his stern professor,
the legendary Kingsfield. He even has time for romance! Sure
it's a bit dated, but all pre-law students will want to see this
portrait of life as a first-year law student. It's pretty
accurate and fun to watch.
Directed by James
Bridges; starring Timothy Bottoms, John Houseman, and Lindsay
Houseman won the
Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role, and the film
was nominated for two more Oscars in 1974. A classic.
To see our list of the
greatest law-related movies, click