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John Dean
Former Nixon White House counsel, John Dean, was a special Dialogue speaker at the 2012 Chapman Law Review Symposium

The Chapman Dialogue Series is a distinguished lecture program that includes some of the most innovative and thought-provoking scholars in the legal academy and social sciences. Visiting speakers are invited to present their research and ideas to a wide audience of Fowler School of Law faculty members, students, alumni and special guests. Each dialogue includes a Q&A session and is typically led by one or two discussants from among the Fowler School of Law faculty.

All dialogues are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Kennedy Hall, Room 237 of Dale E. Fowler School of Law unless otherwise noted. Lunch is included. Tickets are available online.

Below is a list of dialogues for the current and prior years. Click on the speaker's topic name to view a live or archived webcast.

  • 2014-2015 Schedule
  • 2013-2014 Schedule
  • 2012-2013 Schedule
  • 2011-2012 Schedule
  • FALL 2014

    Tom Goldstein, Supreme Court litigator and co-founder SCOTUSblog

    “Perspectives on Finding Your Niche and Personalizing Your Path in Law"

    Monday, September 22 | Register now » View the webcast »

    Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean and Harold Washington Professor, Northwestern University School of Law; President, Association of American Law Schools (AALS)

    "The Law-Business-Technology Interface and its Impact on Professional Education”

    Monday, October 27 | Register now » View the webcast »

    Melanie D. Wilson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law

    “The Moral Impediment to Justice"

    Thursday, November 13 | Register now » View the webcast »

    SPRING 2014

    Tom GinsburgDeputy Dean, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, and Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago Law School

    "Constitutions as Products"

    Monday, February 2View the webcast »

    Monica Hakimi, Associate Dean for Academic Programming and Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    "The Channeling Function of International Law"

    Thursday, February 19 View the webcast »

    Nestor M. Davidson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

    "The Administrative City-State: Administrative Law in Local Governance"

    Tuesday, March 24 View the webcast »

    Garry W. JenkinsAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs and John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

    Monday, April 6 View the webcast »

  • FALL 2013

    Trevor Potter, Partner, Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, D.C.

    “Representing Exceptional Clients in Election Law Cases”

    Tuesday, October 8 | View the webcast »

    Kenneth Feinberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rosen, LLP

    “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes:  Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges”

    Wednesday, October 23 | View the webcast »

    Douglas J. Sylvester, Dean, Professor of Law and Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

    “The Role of Law Schools after the JD”

    Monday, November 11 | View the webcast »


    SPRING 2014

    Robert M. Chesney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Charles I. Francis Professor in Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

    “War Powers Without War?  The Surprisingly Slim Legal Significance of the Armed-Conflict Model of Counterterrorism”

    Monday, January 27 View the webcast »

    Kellye Y. Testy, Dean and James W. Mifflin University Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law

    “A New Look at the Bramble Bush: The Promise of Leadership in Legal Education” 

    Wednesday, February 5 | This event was cancelled

    Alexander M. Capron, University Professor, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics, Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at University of Southern California Gould School of Law

    "Should We Lift the Ban on Buying and Selling Human Organs for Transplantation?"

    Tuesday, March 25 View the webcast »

    Gillian Lester, Acting Dean and Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law, Werner and Mimi Wolfen Research Professor, Berkeley Law School, University of California

    “Paradoxical Preferences on Social Spending and Taxes: Implications for Regulatory Design”

    Thursday, April 3 View the webcast »

    Laura Underkuffler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and J. DuPratt White Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School

    “Captured by Evil?: Markets, Morals, and the Rule of Law"

    Thursday, April 10 View the webcast »

  • FALL 2012

    Deborah A. DeMott, David F. Cavers Professor of Law, Duke University of School of Law

    “Artful Good Faith:  Law, Custom, and Intermediaries in Art Markets”

    Thursday, October 18, 2012 


    Philip Longman, Senior Research Fellow with the New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program

    "After Obamacare: Lessons of the VA for healthcare Reform"

    Friday, October 19, 2012

    Note: This is a special Dialogue as part of the 2012 Nexus Symposium:"Healthy Decision or Unhealthy Oversight?: A Legal Debate on the Affordable Care Act and the Impact of the Supreme Court's Recent Decision" and will be held from 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.


    David Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago

    "Chasing Leadership Impunity: The Rapid Evolution of International Criminal Law"

    November 13, 2012 


    SPRING 2013

    Chancellor Leo E. Strine, Jr., Delaware Court of Chancery

    2013 Chapman Law Review Symposium, “The Future of Law, Business, and Legal Education: How to Prepare Students to Meet Corporate Needs," a special Keynote Dialogue

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law

    “International Human Rights, Refugees and Persecution"

    Thursday, February 7, 2013


    Leanda Lederman, William W. Oliver Professor of Tax Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington and Director of the Law School’s Tax Program

     “The War on Tax Abuse”

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013
  • FALL 2011

    Gabriel "Jack" Chin, Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

    Civil Death in the Regulatory State

    Friday, September 16, 2011, 11:30 a.m.


    Laura Rothstein, Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville

    Disability Policy in Education Settings: The Eisenhower Highway System as a Roadmap

    Friday, September 23, 2011, 11:30 a.m.


    Adrien K. Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor, University of Iowa of College of Law, and Bette and Wylie Aitken, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law

    After the Last Judgment: The Future of Middle East Constitutionalism

    Thursday, October 27, 2011, 11:30 a.m.


    Catharine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 11:30 a.m.


    Walter E. Dellinger, lll, the Douglas B. Maggs Professor Emeritus of Law at Duke University School of Law

    Lincoln, King and Mendez: The Quest for American Equality

    Friday, December 2, 2011, 11:30 a.m.


    SPRING 2012

    John Dean, former White House counsel and special keynote speaker at the Chapman Law Review Symposium

    The 40th Anniversary of Watergate: A Commemoration of the Rule of Law

    Friday January 27, 2012, 11:30 a.m.


    Peter H. Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law and Professor (Adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School

    Immigration Policy: Myths and Realities

    Thursday, March 15, 2012, 11:30 a.m.

    Supreme Court litigator and co-founder of SCOTUSblog will kick off the 2014-2015 Dialogue Series

    Tom Goldstein is an appellate advocate, best known as one of the nation's most experienced Supreme Court practitioners. In addition to practicing law, Tom has taught Supreme Court Litigation at Harvard Law School since 2004, and previously taught the same subject at Stanford Law School for nearly a decade. Tom is also the co-founder and publisher of SCOTUSblog - a website devoted to comprehensive coverage of the Court - which is the only blog ever to receive the Peabody Award.

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