Media Advisory: Harvard Law Prof. Kenneth W. Mack presents Meyerhoff Public Interest Lecture on the Civil Rights Movement


IRVINE, Calif. – A leading scholar of the legal and constitutional history of American race relations will deliver the annual Al Meyerhoff Lecture in Public Interest Law at UC Irvine School of Law on Feb. 20, 2014.

WHO: Kenneth W. Mack is the inaugural Lawrence Biele Professor of Law at Harvard University, and the co-faculty leader of the Harvard Law School Program on Law and History. His research and writing have focused on the legal and constitutional history of American race relations. His 2012 book, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer (Harvard University Press), was selected as a Top 50 Non-Fiction Book of the Year by the Washington Post, was awarded honorable mention for the J. Willard Hurst Award by the Law and Society Association, and was a finalist for the Julia Ward Howe Book Award. He is also the co-editor of The New Black: What Has Changed – And What Has Not – With Race in America (New Press, 2013).

The title of Prof. Mack's lecture is “Remembering the Civil Rights Movement, Fifty Years On.”

The annual Meyerhoff lecture series commemorates the esteemed life and public service of the late Al Meyerhoff, a renowned labor, environmental and civil rights lawyer who brought a landmark case to stop sweatshop conditions for 30,000 workers on the Pacific island of Saipan.

WHEN: The lecture will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with reception to follow.

WHERE: 401 E. Peltason Drive, EDU 1111, Irvine, CA 92697-8000. Directions and parking information.

RSVP: MCLE credit is offered. The event is free and open to the public; RSVP to

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