[PAST EVENT] William & Mary Dunn Speaker Series Lecture by Burt Neuborne and Martin Redish

October 26, 2016
12:50pm - 1:50pm
Law School, Room 127
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

Mr. Neuborne's biography (excerpted from the NYU Law website):

Burt Neuborne is the Norman Dorsen Professor of Civil Liberties and founding Legal Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School. For more than 50 years, he has been one of the nation's foremost civil liberties lawyers, serving as National Legal Director of the ACLU from 1981-86, Special Counsel to the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1990-1996, and as a member of the New York City Human Rights Commission from 1988-1992. He has argued numerous Supreme Court cases, and has litigated literally hundreds of important constitutional cases in the state and federal courts. He challenged the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, pioneered the flag burning cases, worked on the Pentagon Papers case, worked with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she headed the ACLU Women's Rights Project, anchored the ACLU's legal program during the Reagan years, and defended the Legal Services program against unconstitutional attacks. From 1995 to 2007, he directed the legal program of the Brennan Center, focusing on efforts to reinforce American democracy and secure campaign finance reform. The Brennan Center was established at NYU in 1994 to honor Justice William Brennan, Jr.?s monumental contribution to American Law.

At the same time, Professor Neuborne has forged a national reputation as a constitutional scholar and teacher. In 1990, he was the recipient of the University-wide Distinguished Teacher Award at New York University for his work in teaching Civil Procedure, Evidence, Federal Courts and Constitutional Law. He is the author of four books and over 20 law review articles on diverse areas of constitutional law and procedure. Among his best known scholarly works is the two-volume Political and Civil Rights in the United States, which he co-authored with NYU colleagues Norman Dorsen and Sylvia Law and the Deputy Solicitor General of the United States, Paul Bender. His 1992 lectures on American law at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona have been translated and published in Spanish. In 2001, in recognition of his scholarship and his work in the courts, Professor Neuborne was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, Professor Neuborne delivered nine Jay Iselin memorial lectures at Cooper Union on the American constitution. His most recent book is Madison's Music: On Reading the First Amendment." (The New Press, 2015)

In 1996, Professor Neuborne appeared as Jerry Falwell's lawyer in Milos Forman's The People v. Larry Flynt. He appeared on Court TV as the principal commentator in the trial of O.J. Simpson.

Since 1996 Professor Neuborne has served as a principal counsel in a series of lawsuits seeking to recover property unjustly taken from Holocaust victims by Swiss banks and German corporations during the Nazi era. The litigation has succeeded in assembling more than $7.5 billion for distribution to 450,000 Holocaust victims and their families throughout the world. Professor Neuborne was appointed by the Court to oversee the $1.25 Swiss bank settlement, and was appointed by the United States to serve on the Board of Trustees of the German Foundation ?Remembrance, Responsibility and Future,? established to distribute the $5.2 billion settlement in the German slave labor litigation.

Professor Neuborne is married to Helen Redleaf Neuborne.


Mr. Redish's biography (excerpted from the Northwestern Law website):

Martin H. Redish, the Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy at Northwestern University School of Law, teaches and writes on the subjects of federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, freedom of expression and constitutional law. In addition, he is Senior Counsel to the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP.

Professor Redish received his AB with highest honors in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Described in a review of his book, The Federal Courts in the Political Order, as ?without a doubt the foremost scholar on issues of federal court jurisdiction in this generation,? Professor Redish is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and 16 books. His book entitled Wholesale Justice: Constitutional Democracy and the Problem of the Class Action Lawsuit, was published by Stanford University Press in 2009. Stanford University Press also published his most recent book, The Adversary First amendment: Free Expression and the Foundations of American Democracy in the Spring of 2013. In 2013 Professor Redish was listed in a study conducted by William S. Hein & Company as the seventeenth most cited legal scholar of all time. He has also been consistently recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information for being among the most highly cited researchers worldwide. As a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School he won the L. Hart Wright Outstanding Teacher Award. He is also a three time winner of the Robert Childres Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, a two-time winner of the First Year Course Professor Award, and winner of a variety of other teaching awards at Northwestern.

Professor Redish has appeared as an expert witness before numerous congressional committees. Most recently, he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on the need for class action reform. In addition, he has made frequent appearances in the national media, including the Today Show, ABC and NBC National News, CNN, Court TV, CSPAN and National Public Radio.