Chancellor's Chair Lectures
February 13, 2012: "The Voting Wars"
Prof. Hasen is a nationally-recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation and is co-author of a leading casebook on election law. From 2001 to 2010, he served as founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal. He is the author of more than four dozen articles on election law issues. His book, The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, will be published in summer 2012 by Yale University Press.
His op-eds and commentaries have appeared in many publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Slate. Hasen also writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog. He joined the UCI Law faculty full time in July 2011 after teaching at Loyola Law School Los Angeles and Chicago-Kent College of Law.
His lecture provides a preview of his upcoming book, The Voting Wars, which explores why nearly a dozen years after the controversial 2000 U.S. presidential election between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore in the state of Florida, the problems with how we run our elections are still not fixed. In fact, we are just one razor-thin presidential election away from chaos and an undermining of the rule of law. Why haven’t things improved since the 2000? How has the rise of social media made the potential for meltdown much worse? The Voting Wars answers these questions through a narrative weaving together stories of the key players with insights from law, politics, history, and computer science.
April 26, 2011: Lecture on "What Copyright Owes the Future: Preserving Access to Creative Works"
Prof. Reese is a leading scholar in the field of copyright and has published numerous articles on copyright law and digital copyright issues in a variety of U.S. and foreign law reviews and collections. He is a co-author of the casebooks Copyright, Patent, Trademark and Related State Doctrines (with Paul Goldstein), Copyright (with Robert Gorman & Jane Ginsburg), and Internet Commerce (with Margaret Jane Radin & John Rothchild). He joined the UCI Law faculty in July 2009 after 10 years of teaching at University of Texas at Austin, School of Law. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford and New York University, and has taught copyright law in several international programs.
His lecture explored how changes in law and technology may create obstacles to keeping creative works available to audiences, both now and in the future, and how copyright law might respond to those obstacles.
March 21, 2011: Lecture on "Republican Law, 1770-1830"
Prof. Tomlins is a legal historian with wide-ranging interests who has taught at universities across the globe. He joined the UCI Law faculty after 17 years as a Research Professor on the faculty of the American Bar Foundation. He has degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, and a PhD in History from The Johns Hopkins University. He has written or edited six books, most notably Freedom Bound, recipient of the prestigious Bancroft Prize awarded each year by Columbia University to the best books in American history.
His lecture addressed the expressive legalism of the American Revolution and explained how it turned into a legal culture that ceased to stand in imaginative solidarity with “the people themselves.” Republican law lived in a contradiction between a revolutionary people imbued with law as imaginative possibility, and a constituted polity whose law defined the limits of imaginative political action. As the republic matured, the tension between its two formative revolutions became ever more apparent and eventually contributed their mite to the great unraveling that would end in another civil war.
March 1, 2011: Lecture on "Seeking Consensus in a Polarized World: The Role of Dispute Resolution and Deliberative Democracy"
Prof. Menkel-Meadow is one of the founders of the dispute resolution field. She came to UCI Law from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an A.B. Chettle, Jr. Professor of Dispute Resolution and Civil Procedure and Director of the Georgetown-Hewlett Program in Conflict Resolution and Legal Problem Solving. She recently received the first-ever Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work presented by the American Bar Association's Dispute Resolution section.
In her lecture, Prof. Menkel-Meadow explored recent knowledge, insights and concerns that illuminate how dispute resolution theories and practices might inform our efforts at democratic deliberation, both nationally and internationally. Among many examples, her lecture explored what went wrong when some of these methods were "scaled up" in the debates about health care policy, as well as what can go "right" with different forms of process.
Feb. 8, 2011: Lecture on "The Labor of Creation and the Law of the Workplace: Attribution of Collaborative Authorship"
Prof. Fisk teaches and writes on the law of the workplace, legal history, civil rights and the legal profession. She is the author of dozens of articles and three books, including the prize-winning Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of the Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930.
In her lecture, Prof. Fisk discussed how innovative firms and employees have long struggled over allocation and control of intellectual property rights and over the allocation of credit for creating work. The lecture compared guild control of screen credit in Hollywood with the managerial control of attribution on Madison Avenue, offering insights on the role of law in mediating vexing labor market issues in the knowledge economy.