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Last modified: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Yale professor to deliver Harris Lecture at IU Maurer School of Law

Sept. 19, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A distinguished constitutional law scholar will deliver the Harris Lecture at the IU Maurer School of Law on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Reva Siegel, the Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law at Yale University, will speak on "The Woman Question: From Suffrage to Abortion and Beyond." She will discuss how the discourse by proponents and opponents of abortion rights in the late 20th century has become a debate about the question of women's roles and helped shape current constitutional law.

Reva Siegel

Reva Siegel

Siegel's writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution. She is currently writing on the role of social movement conflict in guiding constitutional change, addressing this question in recent articles on the enforcement of Brown v. Board of Education, originalism and the Second Amendment, the "de facto ERA" and reproductive rights.

Siegel received her Bachelor of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Juris Doctor from Yale University, clerked for Judge Spottswood Robinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and began her teaching career at the University of California-Berkeley.

Established in 1946 by a trust from the bequest of India Crago Harris in the name of her husband, Addison C. Harris, the Harris Lecture Series brings prominent scholars to the Maurer School of Law. Harris was an Indiana lawyer and president of the old Indiana Law School. He was appointed minister to Austria-Hungary by President William McKinley.

Past Harris lecturers have included Derrick Bell, Robert Bork, Guido Calabresi, Jules Coleman, Owen Fiss, Laurence Tribe and Elizabeth Warren. From 1956, the Harris Lectures have been published in the Indiana Law Journal. The first lecture to be published was given by Chief Justice Earl Warren, who delivered the keynote address at the dedication ceremonies for the new Law School building.

The Harris Lecture will begin at noon in the Law School's Moot Court Room. It is free and open to the public. One hour of Indiana continuing legal education credit will be awarded.