|Judith Resnik will deliver this year's program's keynote lecture, titled "Invention and Challenges in Democratic Courts."|
The 2011 Richard J. Childress Memorial Lecture will take place 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the William H. Kniep Courtroom in Morrissey Hall.
This year's Childress program focuses on contemporary issues relating to "Justice Systems Circa 2011: Public Courts, Military Commissions and Aggregate Processing." Judith Resnik of the Yale Law School will draw from themes presented in her recent book, co-authored with Dennis Curtis, Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms, in delivering the keynote presentation, "Invention and Challenges in Democratic Courts."
Following commentaries on Professor Resnik's book by leading scholars, additional panels will present perspectives of prominent scholars, practitioners and jurists on "Military Commissions: From Ex Parte Quirin to Guantanamo Bay" and "Aggregate Processing: Wal-Mart, A.T. & T. and Aggregate Settlements and the 2009 ALI Principles."
The premier academic event of the season, the Childress Lecture was named for former dean from 1969 to 1976, Richard J. Childress. The lecture commemorates the numerous contributions he made academically, socially and ethically to benefit the School of Law.
Childress was a member of the faculty at the School of Law for almost 30 years, and then served for 15 years as associate dean and dean. He is credited with founding the Saint Louis University Law Journal, an eminent scholarly publication, and building the Omer Poos Law Library, which today represents a variety of resources for law students and faculty. During his term, enrollment of women and minorities at the School of Law soared, and interdisciplinary dual-degree programs were established with the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health.
In addition to his strong commitment to the School of Law, Childress was dedicated to legal service, holding memberships in the American Law Institute and the Missouri Bar Committee on the Bill of Rights. Childress was a highly respected professor who was well known for his broad and visionary approach to teaching constitutional law.