Al Meyerhoff Lecture in Public Interest Law

This annual 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.

  • November 6, 2017:Hon. Jed S. Rakoff, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York
  • November 15, 2016:Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director of the Supreme Court Litigation at Stanford Law School, on “The End of the Line: The Supreme Court and Lessons from the Struggles for Gay Rights, and Racial Justice”
  • April 5, 2016:Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., on “4-4: Lessons from the 1954-55 Supreme Court Term on the Consequences of a Divided Court”
  • Feb. 23, 2015:Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, on “Civil Rights and Education: Uprooting Discrimination and Delivering Justice”
  • Feb. 20, 2014: Kenneth W. Mack, Lawrence Biele Professor of Law at Harvard University, and co-faculty leader of the Harvard Law School Program on Law and History, on “Remembering the Civil Rights Movement, Fifty Years On”
  • Oct. 16, 2012: Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, on
    “Confronting Mass Incarceration and Excessive Punishment in America”
  • Feb. 15, 2012: Charles Ogletree, Jr., founder of Harvard Law School's Houston Institute for Race and Justice, on “President Obama’s Election and Pursuit of a Post Racial America”
  • October 14, 2010: Connie Rice, Esq., noted civil rights attorney, on “2010 A Freedom Odyssey: Achieving King’s Mandate for 'Radical Reconstruction of Society Through Law’”