Media Advisory: UC Irvine School of Law to Hold First Annual Mark P. Robinson Jr. Lecture on April 2


WHAT: Professor Burt Neuborne, New York University School of Law, will speak on “Felix Frankfurter's Revenge? A Democracy Built by Judges.” This lecture series is made possible by an anonymous donor in honor of Mark P. Robinson Jr., senior partner at Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson, and his generous support of the UC Irvine School of Law.

Beginning with its landmark decision in Baker v. Carr (1962), the Supreme Court has been actively involved in shaping American democracy for almost 50 years. In his dissent, Justice Felix Frankfurter warned we would rue the day we allowed judges to have the final word on the functioning of American democracy. Do cases like Bush v. Gore (2000), where five justices prevented the counting of Florida's votes in the 2000 presidential election, and Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), where five justices turned American democracy over to corporate lobbyists, mean Frankfurter was right?

WHO: Professor Burt Neuborne is the Inez Milholland Professor of Civil Liberties at New York University School of Law and the Legal Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. He focuses his research on the operation of the democratic process.

WHEN: Friday, April 2, 4:30 p.m., with reception to follow.

WHERE: UC Irvine Student Center.

REGISTRATION: One hour of CLE credit is available. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register:

MEDIA CONTACT: Rex Bossert, assistant dean for communications and public affairs,, (949) 824-3063.


UC Irvine School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, the faculty has been ranked 9th in the country in a recent study. The inaugural class of students has median grades and LSAT scores comparable to those of classes at top 20 law schools. The student-faculty ratio is currently about 3:1, by far the best in the country. The school’s innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.