University of Hawaii law professor to deliver Harris Lecture at IU Maurer School of Law

  • Sept. 19, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- An internationally renowned scholar in critical race theory will deliver the Harris Lecture at the IU Maurer School of Law on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Mari Matsuda, professor of law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law, will deliver a lecture titled “Admit That the Waters Around You Have Grown: Change and Legal Education.” The lecture will argue against downsizing legal education in times of change. Matsuda will contend that we need more lawyers, better prepared to meet the significant challenges we face as a planet. She will advocate teaching social change theory and practice as essential elements in preparing lawyers for the future.

Established in 1946 by a trust from the bequest of India Crago Harris in the name of her husband, Addison C. Harris, the Harris Lecture Series brings prominent scholars to the Maurer School of Law. Harris was an Indiana lawyer and president of the old Indiana Law School. He was appointed minister to Austria-Hungary by President William McKinley. Past Harris lecturers have included Derrick Bell, Robert Bork, Guido Calabresi, Jules Coleman, Owen Fiss, Laurence Tribe and Elizabeth Warren.

From 1956, the Harris Lectures have been published in the Indiana Law Journal. The first lecture to be published was given by Chief Justice Earl Warren, who delivered the keynote address at the dedication ceremonies for the new law school building.

The Harris Lecture will begin at noon in the Maurer School of Law’s Moot Court Room. It is free and open to the public, and Indiana continuing legal education credit has been applied for.

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