Saint Louis University

The SLU LAW move downtown is more than just changing our physical space. It represents a new way for us to teach, learn and mentor in an inclusive environment. As the role of lawyers and legal education continues to change, our new building embodies our response to this changing environment. The inaugural year of events is a celebration of the new downtown location and an effort to introduce our students, faculty and staff to our new neighborhood in order to initiate a closer relationship with the courts, law firms, business community and the City of St. Louis. With our inaugural year of events we will work to solidify SLU LAW’s role as lawyers, leaders and citizens in the community.

Upcoming Events

Vincent C. Immel Law Library Dedication
Thursday, April 24
4 p.m., Scott Hall
Dean Wolff and SLU LAW are proud to announce the naming of the law library as the Vincent C. Immel Law Library. Join us for a panel discussion, dedication and reception as we honor the legacy of Professor Immel. At 4 p.m. in the Pruellage Courtroom, a panel will discuss the past, present and future look of legal education, with a focus on what to expect in the future. The dedication will commence at 5:15 p.m. on the 6th floor, with a reception following in the Riethmann Pavilion on the 12th floor at 6 p.m. RSVP to Brittany Ford at or 314-977-3300.

Past Events

21st Century Globalization: Relationships and Laws that Govern the World
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Noon - 1 p.m.
Scott Hall, Room 1122
Bob Holden, Governor of Missouri from 2001-2005, will discuss globalization particularly as it relates to China with respect to his work as Chairman of the Midwest-U.S. China Association (MWCA), a non-profit, non-partisan organization that encourages commerce between 12 states in the Midwestern United States and China. MWCA focuses on government-to- government outreach with corporate and academic support to expand trade and investment in both countries. The work of the MWCA is founded on its fundamental values for growth, partnership, and opportunity, and strives to increase awareness of the unlimited potential available in the Midwest, which offers unparalleled capacity for innovation and economic growth.

St. Louis On the Air's "Legal Roundtable" Live Broadcast
Thursday, Sept. 26
Noon-1 p.m. (Please arrive at 11:30 for the noon broadcast)
Scott Hall, Pruellage Courtroom
Join St. Louis Public Radio's Don Marsh for a live broadcast of St. Louis on the Air from the 12th floor courtroom of Saint Louis University's School of Law. Our monthly Legal Roundtable will discuss the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term and other legal issues. Our special guests include Bill Freivogel, J.D. of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Joel Goldstein, J.D. of SLU LAW, and Mark Smith, J.D. of Washington University in St. Louis. No reservations necessary, but bring a photo I.D., Audience participation is encouraged.

Truth Is Stranger Than (Legal) Fiction
Thursday, Oct. 17
5 p.m.
John K. Pruellage Courtroom; reception immediately following in the Riethmann Pavilion
Michael A. Kahn, author of "The Flinch Factor" and eight other Rachel Gold
mysteries. All but one of Kahn's novels are set in St. Louis and involve the
protagonist Rachel Gold's heroic efforts to address real legal issues in the
fictitious St. Louis she inhabits. Read more about Kahn in his biography.

A Conversation with Senator Jack Danforth
Thursday, Oct. 24
Scott Hall, Room 1122
"A Conversation with Senator Jack Danforth" will allow students to interact with someone who was one of the nation's leading public figures and is now a leading public citizen. The program will allow students to discuss with Senator Danforth the way our government now operates, the nature of civic discourse, citizenship, and other contemporary events of interest.

A Conversation with Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander
Friday, Nov. 8
Scott Hall, Room 1122
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander will interact with students and others regarding the wide range of issues which face his office including those dealing with elections, corporations and businesses, securities, and archives and libraries. Secretary Kander is the youngest state-wide elected official in the nation, a veteran and a graduate of Georgetown Law School.

"A Strange Freedom" with Judge Roger Gregory
Friday, Nov. 15
Scott Hall, Pruellage Courtroom
Judge Roger Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will present "A Strange Freedom: Looking at Four Score and Seven Years of Constitutional Interpretation in Civil Rights Cases after Lincoln's ‘New Birth of Freedom.'" Judge Gregory is the first African American to serve on the Fourth Circuit. He was nominated to the Court by President Clinton on June 30, 2000. Judge Gregory was re-nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate for a lifetime appointment to the Court. Judge Gregory is the only person in U.S. history to be appointed to the United States Court of Appeals by two presidents of different political parties. CLE credit will be available.

A Discussion with the Bench
Thursday, Jan. 16
4 p.m.
Scott Hall, Pruellage Courtroom
Join us for the first Inaugural Year Event of the spring semester: a panel discussion with Judge Duane Benton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Judge George W. Draper III of the Missouri Supreme Court, Chief Judge Catherine Perry of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Judge Michael J. Reagan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Judge Nannette Baker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and Dean Michael Wolff, former chief justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. The discussion will be followed by a reception at 5:45 p.m. in the Riethmann Pavilion. 2 CLE credits are available.

A Columnist Looks at the Legal System
Thursday, Feb. 6
Scott Hall Room 1130
Students get a chance to meet and talk to St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist and Donnybrook fixture Bill McClellan about his perspective on and experiences with the legal system. Pizza will be served.

Civil Rights Symposium
Friday, Feb. 21
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Scott Hall, Pruellage Courtroom
SLU LAW will be hosting a Civil Rights Symposium to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the 70th anniversary of SLU's integration. It will feature key speakers Linda and Cheryl Brown, whose father was one of 12 to file suit against the Topeka, Kan., Board of Education. CLE Credit will be offered.

A Lecture by Judge Denny Chin
Friday, March 21, 2014
Noon - 1 p.m.
Scott Hall, Room 1130
As part of the Inaugural Year of Events series, Judge Denny Chin will present, "Reflections from the Bench: From Megan's Law to Bernie Madoff." Judge Chin serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 1 CLE credit available.

A Conversation with Senator Claire McCaskill
Monday, March 24, 2014
Noon - 1 p.m.
Scott Hall, Pruellage Courtroom
As part of the Inaugural Year of Events series, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will join us for a talk, featuring audience Q&A.