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Monday, February 22, 2016, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Hauser 103
Student-Faculty lunch with Professor Michael Klarman

Thursday, March 10, 2016, from 11:00 – 1:30 pm, Caspersen Room, HLS Library, Langdell Hall, 4th floor
Lectures on Magna Carta

Help us celebrate the closing of the Harvard Law School Library’s exhibit, One Text, Sixteen Manuscripts: Magna Carta at the Harvard Law School Library, by joining us for a program on Magna Carta through the ages. A light lunch will be served, but due to space limitations attendance is limited to 45.

Magna Carta in the Fourteenth Century: From Law to Myth? Charles Donahue, Paul A. Freund Professor of Law, HLS.

The Interpretation of Magna Carta in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries. Stephen White, Visiting Professor of History, Harvard University.

Moderator: Elizabeth Papp Kamali, Assistant Professor of Law, HLS.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, WCC 2036 Milstein East BC
Justice Louis D. Brandeis: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of his Confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court

A panel discussion of Justice Louis Brandeis’ life, work, and legacy, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of his confirmation to the United States Supreme Court.

The panel will include Brandeis scholars Melvin Urofsky (author, ‘Louis D. Brandeis: A Life’), Clyde Spillenger (legal historian and professor of law, UCLA Law School), and Jeffrey Rosen (President and CEO, National Constitution Center and author of forthcoming book on Brandeis). Moderated by Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Dean Martha Minow.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, RSVP required to: Elizabeth Katz
Student-Faculty Lunch with Professor Elizabeth Papp Kamali

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 5:00 pm, 2019 Milstein West AB
Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin Chair Lecture, “On Being First: Constance Baker Motley and Social Reform in the American Century”

Professor Brown-Nagin will discuss the life and times of Constance Baker Motley, a protégée of Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court litigator, and the first black woman, and only the fifth woman, appointed to the federal bench. To observers, Motley’s rise to power looked seamless; she embodied the opening of the modern American workplace to women and minorities. Behind the scenes, Motley faced setbacks. Professor Brown-Nagin will examine how gender shaped Motley’s career as a lawyer and judge.

Wednesday, April 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Hauser 102
Law and History Program of Study Spring Reception and Advising Lunch

A panel discussion on “New Scholarship on Criminal Legal History.” The panelists are Professors Adriaan Lanni and Elizabeth Papp Kamali. Moderated by Professors Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Kenneth Mack. The Q&A will include an opportunity to ask broader questions about legal history courses, research, writing, and more.