2018-2019 Faculty Speaker Series

In the 2018-2019 academic year, the Brandeis School of Law is proud to host a Faculty Speaker Series. 

The law school's Dean's Faculty Development Fund allows us to host national legal scholars in a variety of fields to discuss their cutting-edge forthcoming legal scholarship. Our faculty will engage with these works-in-progress, bringing our own expertise and perspectives.

Professor Jamie Abrams, assistant dean of intellectual life, explains the importance of legal scholarship:

"Legal scholarship is a tool to develop new solutions to resolving current problems that need resolution, like terrorism or immigration. It is a tool to anticipate future legal problems and how we might resolve them, such as the regulation of genetic material. It is also a tool to use modern legal lenses to better understand the past in ways that were not even intellectually viable forms of analysis in that historical moment, such as the development of intellectual property by slaves."

See below for a schedule of speakers.

Fall 2018

Brian Frye, University of Kentucky School of Law

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 

Brian L. Frye

University of Kentucky
Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law 
Presenting: Liberation Innovation: Antebellum African-American Intellectual Property

Rose Cusion Villazor, Rutgers Law

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Rose Cuison Villazor

Rutgers Law
Chancellor Social Justice Scholar
Professor of Law
Presenting: Anti-Sanctuary: A Turn Towards Immigration Localism
Columbia Law Review (Forthcoming 2019)

Stephen I. Vladeck, University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Stephen I. Vladeck

University of Texas at Austin
A. Dalton Cross Professor in Law
Presenting: Terrorists, Judges, Lawyers, and Leaders: The Rights and Rules of National Security

Spring 2019

Tiago de Melo Cartax 2019 Spring Faculty Speaker Series

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tiago de Melo Cartaxo

Nova University (Lisbon, Portugal)
Fulbright Scholar, PhD student in Law
Presenting: Environmental Rights and Resilience

Erin O'Hara O'Connor 2019 Spring Faculty Speaker SeriesAriana Levinson 2019 Spring Faculty Speaker SeriesPaige Skiba 2019 Spring Faculty Speaker Series

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Erin O’Hara O’Connor

Florida State University, Dean and McKenzie Professor

Ariana Levinson

University of Louisville, Professor of Law

Paige Skiba

Vanderbilt Law School, Professor of Law

Co-Presenting: Use of Precedent in Labor Arbitration Awards

Diane M. Ring 2019 Faculty Speaker Series

Friday, February 8, 2019

Diane M. Ring

Boston College
Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor and Dr. Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar
Presenting: Tax Law’s Workplace Shift
Boston Law Review (Forthcoming 2019)

Michael J.Z. Mannheimer 2019 Spring Faculty Speaker Series

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Michael J.Z. Mannheimer

Northern Kentucky University
Professor of Law
Presenting: Vagueness as Impossibility
Texas Law Review (Forthcoming 2019)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Udo Fink

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany)
Chair of Public Law, European Law, International Law, International Business Law
Deputy Director, Mainz Media Institute
Presenting: Social Media in Election Campaigns — Free Speech or a Real Danger For Democracy?

James Salzman 2019 Spring Faculty Speaker Series

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

James Salzman

Donald Bren Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law
Presenting: Is it safe to drink the water? — The history and future of drinking water

Brad Areheart, University of Tenneesse

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Brad Areheart

University of Tennessee
Associate Professor of Law
Presenting: The Future of Genetic Privacy
Yale Law Journal (forthcoming 2019)