Professor Cass Sunstein of the University of Chicago has been named the 2003 Harvard Law School Oliver Wendell Holmes Lecturer. Sunstein will deliver his two-part remarks, entitled “The Naked Emperor: Why Societies Need Dissent,” beginning on Monday, Feb. 10. Sunstein will also be awarded the law school’s Henderson Prize at the conclusion of the second part of his remarks on Feb. 11.

Sunstein, a 1978 graduate of Harvard Law School, has been teaching at the University of Chicago since 1981. Prior to his academic career, Sunstein served as a clerk for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Oliver Wendell Holmes Lecture is the most prestigious talk given at the law school. Selected by a faculty committee, past lecturers have included Learned Hand, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer, Professor Ronald Dworkin and Judge Richard Posner. The most recent Holmes Lecturer was current Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen Sullivan in 1999.

Holmes Lecture 2003 Schedule

Mon., Feb. 10, 6:15 p.m. Austin North The Naked Emporer, part I: Extremism, Judges, Juries and Others

Tues., Feb.11, 6:15 p.m. Austin North The Naked Emporer: part II: Diversity

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