Fall Lectures Welcome Guest Speakers on Constitutional Rights and Civil Justice

Sept. 22, 2022
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The fall event calendar for University of Arizona Law includes two of the college’s signature lectures, bringing to campus leading voices on today’s most compelling legal matters.  

All lectures are free and open to the public. Space is limited, and registration is recommended.   

McCormick Society Lecture

Event: “MAKING AMENDS: Can the U.S. Constitution be Revised?” 
When: Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, 5:30-6:30 p.m. 
Where: This is an online event. Zoom link will be sent out before noon on October 3.

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Harvard Professor and Staff Writer at the New Yorker Jill Lepore will speak at the 2022-23 McCormick Lecture, sponsored by University of Arizona Law and the J. Byron McCormick Society for Law and Public Affairs. Lepore will be interviewed in a conversational format by University of Arizona Law Professor Andrew Coan, she will discuss a history of attempts to amend the U.S. Constitution.  

Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History and Affiliate Professor of Law at Harvard University. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, and host of the podcast "The Last Archive." Her many books include "These Truths: A History of the United States" (2018), an international bestseller which was named one of Time magazine's top ten non-fiction books of the decade. Her long-term research project is a history of attempts to amend the U.S. Constitution. In 2012 she was named Harvard College Professor,  recognizing distinction in undergraduate teaching. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award; the National Magazine Award; and, twice, for the Pulitzer Prize; and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award, for the best non-fiction book on race. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the American Philosophical Society.  

The McCormick Society was formed to honor the memory of J. Byron McCormick, who served Arizona with distinction as president of the University of Arizona, as dean of the College of Law, and as an advisor to the Arizona Board of Regents. Members of the McCormick Society foster dialogue about the critical issues of our time through an annual public lecture. 

Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture  

Event: “Equal Mercy: Seeking Justice in the American Criminal System” 
When: Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, 12 p.m.  
Where: The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, 1201 E. Speedway Blvd., Room 164.   

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Co-Founder and Executive Director of Partners for Justice Emily Galvin-Almanza will be the guest speaker at the annual Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture. She will speak on the structural forces creating inequity in our criminal legal system and unpack an approach to foster greater access to justice in the near term by transforming the role of indigent defense in American communities. 

Galvin-Almanza is the cofounder and executive director for Partners for Justice (PFJ), a new model of collaborative public defense designed to empower public defenders nationwide. Launched in 2018, PFJ has now eliminated over 4,000 years of incarceration and grown from two sites to over 20 locations across 13 states. Prior to founding PFJ, she fought for clients inside the LA County Public Defender, Santa Clara County Public Defender and Bronx Defenders and served as one of the first attorneys fighting for release of life-sentenced people with the Stanford Three Strikes Project. Glavin-Almanza clerked for the Honorable Thelton Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford law School, where she earned the Deborah Rhode Prize for her work in the public interest. In 2017, she was named one of the American Bar Association's Top 40 Young Lawyers. 

The Darrow K. Soll Memorial Criminal Law and Justice Lecture is made possible through the generosity of alumna Jennifer Woods ('99).