2019-2020 Seminar Series - LAW'S INFAMY


The Law's Infamy  seminar series is sponsored by the John and Mary Greenbaum '52 Fund and the Lamont Lecture Fund at Amherst College.

A few words about our theme. 

No legal order can achieve perfection or guarantee justice. So wherever there is law there will be errors and miscarriages of justice. However, sometimes those errors or miscarriages are so egregious as to call into question the underlying commitments or values of law itself. In the American context, Dred Scott, Plessy, Korematsu are only a few examples of those things. Moreover, on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri and many other places police and other legal officials have undermined the commitments to equality and fair treatment that undergird the legitimacy of American law. And law’s infamy is not uniquely American. Other nations and the international legal order offer their own examples of infamy.

 In this year's seminar series and the book we want to try to understand how and why some legal decisions/actions become infamous. We want to ask how we can/should judge and evaluate the nature and severity of the injustices perpetuated in the name of law. How can we judge the errors of the past? What can we learn about the nature of law and the workings of various legal orders by studying its most egregious failures?

Please Mark your calendars for these speakers!

 

 
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  September 19, 2019 - Thursday
 4:30pm
Clark House Room 100
Sherally Munshie, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University

 "Law, Infamy, and the Time of Sovereignty"
 
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October 17, 2019 -  Thursday  
 4:30pm
Clark House Room 100
 
Robert Tsai, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

"Process of Infamy"

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December 5 , 2019 - Thursday
4:30pm
Clark House Room 100
 
Justin Collings, Associate Professor of Law, Brigham Young University
" After Law's Infamy: Reconstructing Judicial Power in the Wage of Legal Evil"
 
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Feb. 20, 2020 -   Thursday
4:30pm
Clark 100
Keramet Reiter, Assoicate Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, U.C. Irvine School of Social Ecology

" Law's Infamy: Ashker v. Brown and the Failures of Solitary COnfinement Reform"

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     March 26, 2020  -  Thursday
4:30pm   
Clark 100
 
Paul Horwitz, Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law
 
"Fame, Infamy, and Honor in American Constitutional Law"

   
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April 23, 2019 - Thursday 
4:30pm
Clark 100
 
Rick Abel, Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA Law
" Law's Infamy in the U.S. 'War on Terror' "
 
 
 
 

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