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Academic Year 2004-2005



Guest Speakers



Professor Bruce Mann  

October 1, 2004                                 


Our first guest lecture was Professor Bruce Mann of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a renowned legal historian, who lectured on themes from his new book, A Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence (Harvard University Press, 2002).  This was an interesting talk for all who attended!





Professor Aaron Fichtelberg

October 28, 2004


Professor Aaron Fichtelberg of Sociology and Criminal Justice spoke on October 28.  Aaron discussed his current research:  “Crimes beyond Justice?  Retributivism and War Crimes Trials."





Dr. Bosire Maragia

November 18, 2004         


Dr. Bosire Maragia will speak on Thursday November 18 at 1:00 pm in Willard 208.  The topic will be "Gender, Tradition and Sustainability -- Evaluating the Application of Indigenous Knowledge in Post-Colonial Societies: The Example of Kenya."





Professor Matthew J. Robinson

February 17, 2005 at 12:15 pm in Trabant 206


Our first guest lecture for the new spring semester is Matthew Robinson of the UD Department of Health and Exercise Sciences.  Professor Robinson teaches courses on the legal aspects of sports management.  His talk is titled:  "Spectators and Participants in Sport: The Use of Inherent Risk as a Defense Against Negligence Claims." 

Was getting beat up by an NBA player an inherent risk for a spectator attending that infamous NBA game in Detroit?  Does that relieve the team, arena owner and players from  liable?  This may sound far fetched, but there is precedence that would show that the defense may be plausible!


Professor Darryl Flaherty

March  17, 2005 at 12:15 p.m. in  Willard 205A                                                                               


Professor  Darryl Flaherty of the UD History Department will lecture on his research on the legal profession in Japan.


Professor Flaherty specializes in Japanese history and East Asian social and political history, from the nineteenth century to the present.  With a B.A. from the history program at The Johns Hopkins University, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in October 2001.  His current work focuses on voluntary associations, particularly associations of lawyers, in modern Japanese politics. Other research interests include questions of law and social change in Japan, U.S. military bases in East Asia, and how public spaces express ideology.




Professor Josef Stern

“Maimonides and Nahmanides on Holiness and Law”

April 15, 2005

2:30 pm in Gore 204



We are pleased to announce that our guest lecturer on April 15 will be Professor Josef Stern.  Josef Stern is Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Committee on Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago.  His talk is on the origins of the notion of holiness and its relation to law. 


Professor Stern received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at Columbia University, and for three years also pursued non-degree studies in Talmud, medieval rabbbinics, and Jewish thought in Israel.  His current research is principally in contemporary philosophy of language and medieval philosophy, especially the philosophy of Moses Maimonides, although his broader interests and the courses he teaches include various topics in epistemology and metaphysics (such as skepticism and free will), Islamic and Latin medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion, logic, and philosophy of art.  At present he is completing a book manuscript entitled The Matter and Form of Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed and engaged in research on various topics in the theory of reference, such as demonstratives, indirect discourse, and belief sentences, on normativity in language and the foundations of linguistics, issues of representation in language and art, and on the reception of Quine's indeterminacy thesis as a case study of the transformation of a problem in twentieth century Anglo-American philosophy.  Among his recent publications are Metaphor in Context, Problems and Parables of Law: Maimonides and Nahmanides on Reasons for the Commandments, "Metaphors in Pictures," and "Maimonides' Demonstrations: Principles and Practice."





The 2005 Koford Lecture

Our guest speaker for the first annual "Koford Lecture" held on April 15, 2005, was Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law at George Washington University Law School.   The lecture is named in honor of our long-time friend and former Director of Legal Studies, the late Kenneth J. Koford.

Professor Rosen is the author of The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America (2001), which was called by The New York Times "the definitive text on privacy perils in the digital age." His latest book, The Naked Crowd: Reclaiming Security and Freedom in an Anxious Age (2004) was called by the Harvard Law Review a "thoughtful and engaging read . . . [that] provides much-needed depth to the debate over balancing privacy and security in an age of terrorism." Professor Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude; Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; and Yale Law School. His essays and book reviews have appeared in many publications, including The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and is the legal affairs editor of The New Republic.  Professor Rosen spoke on his latest research, a forthcoming book on democracy and the U.S. Supreme Court.




2005 Student Conference on Legal Studies

LEST students submitted their papers for presentation at the 2005 Student Conference on Legal Studies and for consideration for cash prizes for the best undergraduate and best graduate papers on law and legal issues.

Here are the winners!!  Congratulations to the winners and all those who submitted papers!!

Best Paper  $100

Daniel Mason


Runner-up   $50

Kathryn Bubeck


Runner-up   $50

Joel Sheingold


Best Oral Presentation   $100

Kristin Vorce


Runner-up   $50

Lyn Sweetman



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