March 25, 2014
Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Irvine School of Law is set to discuss major civil rights anniversaries during the McGlinchey Lecture March 31.
Erwin Chemerinsky, a constitutional law “giant” who recently provoked argument over whether Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should step down, is set to discuss major civil rights anniversaries during Tulane Law School’s Dermot S. McGlinchey Lecture on Federal Litigation March 31.
The event is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the Wendell H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room 110 in John Giffen Weinmann Hall, 6329 Freret St. in New Orleans, with a reception to follow in the Marian Mayer Berkett Multipurpose Room.
Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, plans to address “How Should We Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?”
Chemerinsky, author of seven books, including texts on constitutional law, also is a prolific opinion column writer and legal commentator. In a piece for The Los Angeles Times that was picked up by other news outlets, he argued that Ginsburg should give up her seat at the end of the current term to “ensure that a Democratic president will be able to choose a successor who shares her views and values.”
Legal scholar Garrett Epps, wrote on theatlantic.com that “Chemerinsky is a giant” but dissented from his opinion on Ginsburg’s retirement timing.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Chemerinsky taught at DePaul, the University of Southern California and Duke before helping found UC, Irvine, in 2008. He is the school’s Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law and has a joint appointment in political science.
He also has been an active appellate litigator, arguing five cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including disputes involving protests near a U.S. Air Force base and outside abortion clinics, and a challenge to a Ten Commandments monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds.
The McGlinchey Lecture is named for insurance lawyer and civic activist Dermot S. McGlinchey (L ’57). He was a devoted Tulane supporter and helped found the McGlinchey Stafford firm, which has permanently endowed the lecture series. McGlinchey was president of the Tulane Alumni Association, served on the law school Dean’s Council, chaired the Dean’s Council Development Committee and the law school building fund and was vice chairman of the Maritime Law Center’s endowment program. He also helped revitalize the Louisiana Bar Foundation and was instrumental in forming its Pro Bono Project.