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Renowned Voting Expert To Present 2008 Simms Lecture

Publication Date: 
January 14, 2008
UNM Today

UNM Today announces that Professor Pamela Karlan is going to present the 2008 Simms Lecture at the University of New Mexico School of Law:

Pamela Karlan, the founding director of Stanford Law School’s Supreme Court Litigation Program and one of the nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, will present the 2008 John Field Simms/Alumni Association Memorial Lecture on March 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

The topic of Karlan’s lecture, “What Can Brown Do for You?” will focus on the current debate about the significance of Brown vs. Board of Education, the ground-breaking 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down official racial segregation of public schools. She will then tie this discussion to one of the most widely cited pieces of legal scholarship ever written, Herbert Wechsler’s 1959 article, “Toward Neutral Principles in Constitutional Law.”

In addition to her work with the Supreme Court Litigation Program, Karlan is also the co-author of three leading casebooks and author of over 48 articles on constitutional law and related subjects. She has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission and as an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is a widely recognized commentator on legal issues and is featured frequently on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and other news programs.