The Saint Louis University School of Law welcomed former SLU LAW professors back to campus and several other distinguished legal scholars as part of the annual Richard J. Childress Memorial Lecture held Friday, Sept. 24. The annual lecture aims to contribute to the discussion of pressing public law issues at the law school by bringing world-renowned scholars to SLU LAW.
|Ann Scarlett addresses the crowd during the annual Richard J. Childress Lecture. Photo by Jay Fram|
This year, the lecture focused on a celebration of legal history with the keynote presentation provided by Stanford University Marion Kirkwood Rice Professor of Law Lawrence M. Friedman, a distinguished legal historian and former SLU LAW professor.
Friedman is a pioneer in the field of legal history, which fosters the study of the law from a historical perspective and the understanding of social history through the legal system.
Friedman presented his address entitled "Front Page: Notes on the Nature of the Headline Trial," to a standing-room-only crowd in the School of Law Courtroom which included students, faculty, alumni and other legal professionals. The lecture explored historic criminal trials that have aroused great public interest and examined the reasons why the trials attracted such wide interest.
The Childress Memorial Lecture commemorates the numerous contributions of former School of Law Dean Richard J. Childress. A renowned constitutional law scholar, Childress' work benefited the law school academically, socially and ethically.
The lecture's focus on legal history emphasized the rich tradition of legal historians who have been a part of the SLU LAW faculty.
Throughout much of the past century, the School of Law has launched the careers of many legal history scholars who have served on its faculty beginning with Friedman and including the late Gerald T. Dunne, University of Virginia School of Law professor Barry Cushman, New York University School of Law professor Daniel Hulsebosch, and current SLU LAW professor Anders Walker.
In addition to Walker, several School of Law faculty members participated in the lecture panel including: Mary Ziegler, Ann M. Scarlett, and Kirsten Nussbaumer.
This year's visiting panelists included: Stuart Banner, UCLA School of Law; Barry Cushman, University of Virginia School of Law; Sharon L. Davies, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; Carolyn Ramsey, University of Colorado Law School, George C. Thomas III, Rutgers School of Law-Newark; and Michael Kahn, partner, Bryan Cave LLP.