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Professor Jack L. Goldsmith to Deliver McGlinchey Lecture, Monday, April 7, 2008, at 5:00 p.m.

March 18, 2008 11:01 AM

Professor Jack L. Goldsmith will deliver this year’s McGlinchey Lecture entitled, “Why International Human Rights Litigation Violates International Law”.  The Dermot S. McGlinchey Lecture on Federal Litigation will take place on April 7, 2008, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 110 of Tulane Law School’s John Giffen Weinmann Hall. A reception will follow in the Berkett Multipurpose Room.


Please R.S.V.P. to Ellen Brierre, Alumni Relations, by April 2nd @ (504) 865-5920 or  ebrierre@tulane.edu .



Jack Goldsmith is Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University, where he specializes in international law, foreign affairs law, conflicts of law, and national security law. He is the author of five books and dozens of articles on these and other subjects. His most recent publications are The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration (W.W. Norton 2007), Who Controls the Internet? Illusions of a Borderless World (Oxford Press 2006) (with Tim Wu), and The Limits of International Law (Oxford Press 2005) (with Eric Posner). Before coming to Harvard, Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, from October 2003 through July 2004, and Special Counsel to the General Counsel to the Department of Defense from September 2002 through June 2003. Goldsmith also taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997-2002, and at the University of Virginia Law School from 1994- 1997, and clerked at the United States Supreme Court for Justice Anthony Kennedy from 1990-1991. He was educated at Washington & Lee University, where he received a B.A. in 1984, summa cum laude; Oxford University, where he received a B.A., with first class honours, in 1986; and Yale Law School, where he received a J.D. in 1989. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife Leslie and two young sons, Jack and Will.



Dermot S. McGlinchey, founder of McGlinchey Stafford, civic activist, and ardent supporter of Tulane Law School, died at the age of 60 on November 27, 1993.


Born in New York City, he received his undergraduate (A&S’54) and law (L’57) degrees from Tulane and remained active in the Tulane community throughout his life. He was president of the Tulane Alumni Association in 1992-93. He served the law school as a member of the Dean’s Council, chairman of the Dean’s Council Development Committee, vice chairman of the endowment program of the Maritime Law Center and chairman of the Law School’s Building Fund. “Dermot was a person who flew with eagles, but he always cared about the sparrows in our society,” said friend and Federal District Judge Eldon Fallon (L’63).


Mr. McGlinchey devoted much of his adult life to promoting equal access to the courts. In 1986, he led the effort to revitalize the Louisiana Bar Foundation and was instrumental in forming the foundation’s Pro Bono Project. “He took on the challenge and turned ideas into reality,” said Fallon, who was then president of the Louisiana Bar. “He did it through his compassion and his ability to bring people together and organize and implement programs and projects.”


“Dermot knew the law, and he knew how to get things done,” said C. G. Norwood, Jr., managing director of McGlinchey, Stafford. “Dermot was a valued mentor to dozens of young lawyers, myself included. One of the most valuable lessons he taught was that without effective application to the solution of real problems, the law itself is sterile.”


Noted for his expertise in the area of insurance law, Mr. McGlinchey balanced his 35-year legal career with substantial commitments to professional, civic and charitable endeavors.


He was a member of the board of directors of the World Trade Center and the New Orleans Opera Association. He also served as secretary to the board of directors of the Irish American Cultural Institute. Mr. McGlinchey received the Louisiana Bar Association’s Distinguished Lawyer award in 1991 was named to the 1993-94 edition of Best Lawyers in America. He was appointed Ireland’s Honorary Consul in Louisiana in 1992, and was, in 1993, named Irishman of the Year by the Ancient Order of Hibernians.


He is survived by his wife, Ellen Murphy McGlinchey, and two daughters, Fionuala McGlinchey Monsted (N’90) and Deirdre McGlinchey Moffett (L’95).


M c Glinchey Stafford 

The Dermot S. McGlinchey Lecture on Federal Litigation is permanently endowed and sponsored by the law firm of McGlinchey Stafford, through the firm’s charitable foundation. The firm, founded by Dermot S. McGlinchey and others in 1974, currently has 180 attorneys. McGlinchey Stafford has eight offices in five states--Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Ohio and New York. The firm has 45 specialty groups, enabling its attorneys to acquire a depth of industry-specific knowledge to better provide personal service to clients by understanding their business needs and desires. The firm’s express goal is “to provide quality legal service to our clients on a prompt and responsive, cost-efficient basis.”


Previous McGlinchey lecturers include:  


1995-96 The Honorable Alex Kozinski

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


1996-97 The Honorable Robert M. Parker

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


1997-98 Prof. Judy Scales-Trent

SUNY at Buffalo Law School


1998-99 The Honorable William K. Suter

Clerk, Supreme Court of the United States


1999-00 Prof. Andrew L. Kaufman

Harvard Law School


2000-01 Joel I. Klein

Asst. Attorney General, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Antitrust Division


2001-02 Drs. Donald E. Vinson and Jo-Ellan Dimitrius

Vinson & Dimitrius


2002-03 Prof. Douglas Laycock

University of Texas


2003-04 Prof. Richard Lazarus

Georgetown University Law Center


2004-05 Prof. Samuel Estreicher

New York University Law School


2006-07 Prof. Douglas A. Kysar

Cornell Law School


2007-08 The Honorable William H. Pryor, Jr.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit