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Academic Year 2006-2007


Justice Antonin Scalia



On April 27, 2007, our special guest speaker was Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court.  The event was held in the Thompson Theater in the Center for the Arts and was co-sponsored by the offices of the President and University Relations.


A native of Trenton, N.J., Scalia received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, and his law degree from Harvard Law School. He was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960-61.


After practicing law in Cleveland from 1961-67, he served as professor of law at the University of Virginia from 1967-71 and at the University of Chicago from 1977-82. He also was a visiting professor of law at Georgetown and Stanford universities. Scalia chaired the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law from 1981-82 and its Conference of Section Chairmen from 1982-83.  He served the federal government as general counsel of the Office of Telecommmuncations Policy from 1971-72 and assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974-77. He was appointed judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982.  President Ronald Reagan nominated Scalia as an associate justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat on Sept. 26, 1986.


Justic Scalia is married to Maureen McCarthy, and they have nine children, including Matthew, who is an instructor in UD's Department of Military Science, and enrollment and scholarship officer in the Army ROTC Program.


To read more about the lecture, click here





2007 Koford Lecture

Professor Sam Peltzman

March 15, 2007 at 4:00 pm in Purnell 115

This annual lecture is named in honor of our long-time friend and former Director of Legal Studies, the late Kenneth J. Koford.  The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Department of Economics in the Lerner College of Business & Economics. 

We are very pleased to announce that our guest speaker for the Third Annual Koford Lecture will be Sam Peltzman, the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.  Professor Peltzman is interested in the economics of regulation and government activity with concentration in the following areas: banking and capital markets, antitrust, public utilities, transportation, consumer protection, and education; economics of politics; industrial organization.  His many publications include: "Prices Rise Faster than they Fall," Journal of Political Economy, (June 2000); Political Participation and Government Regulation (University of Chicago Press, 1998); "The Political Economy of the Decline of American Public Education: Non-College Bound Students," Journal of Law and Economics (April 1996); "Voters as Fiscal Conservatives," Quarterly Journal of Economics (May 1992); "The Economic Theory of Regulation After a Decade of Deregulation," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Microeconomics (1989).

Peltzman has previously taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (1964-73), the Institute for Advanced Study, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1978), and was faculty research fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (1966).  He was senior staff economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisers (1970-71).

Questions regarding events can be directed to Maryanne Brown-MacKay (Staff Assistant) or Sheldon Pollack (Director).




Guest Lectures



Judge Richard S. Gebelein

"Law Reform in a Post-Conflict Environment: Afghanistan to Bosnia"

Monday October 16th

3:30 pm in Gore 117



Richard S. Gebelein served as Superior Court Judge for the State of Delaware from October 1984 until August 2005, and had served as the Chief of the Criminal Trial Division in New Castle.  Prior to this appointment, he had been elected as Attorney General of Delaware in 1978 and served until 1983. Judge Gebelein has participated in Judicial and Prosecutorial training in a number of international jurisdictions including Russia, Lithuania, Holland, Canada and Afghanistan.  In 2004, as a Colonel in the Delaware National Guard, he had served as the Rule of Law Officer for Combined Forces Command in Afghanistan. In that role he was responsible for coordinating legal and judicial reform efforts among and between Afghan courts and government agencies, coalition military forces, international organizations and US Government agencies. Judge Gebelein had previously participated in training Bosnian judges and prosecutors as to the principles of an adversary system as embodied in their recently enacted criminal procedure code. In August 2005, Judge Gebelein was appointed as an international judge on the State Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Special Chambers for War Crimes and Organized and Economic Crime and Corruption and he currently serves in this position




Professor Philip Weiser


"The End of the World As We Knew It:  The Internet, Technological Change, and the Law"

Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. 

Trabant Center, Room 209/211



Philip J. Weiser is Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, where he has a joint appointment with the School of Law and the Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program. This year, he is Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Professor Weiser is a 1990 graduate of Swarthmore and has a J.D. from New York University Law School.  After clerking for two years (for Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge David M. Ebel and United States Supreme Court Justices Byron R. White and Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Professor Weiser entered the world of technology policy as Senior Counsel to Joel Klein, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, at the U.S. Department of Justice. Since joining the University of Colorado, Professor Weiser founded and serves as Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program, which holds regular seminars on issues at the intersection of information technology, business, and law. Professor Weiser teaches, lectures, and writes widely on information law and policy topics, including a recent book, Digital Crossroads: American Telecommunications Policy in the Internet Age (co-authored with Jon Nuechterlein and published by MIT Press in 2005).






2007 Student Conference on Legal Studies


Thursday April 12, 2007 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Memorial Hall room 112


In April 1998, the Legal Studies Program held its first Annual Student Research Day.  The tradition continued this year, with an interesting program.

These were the winners!  Congratulations to the winners and all those who submitted papers!!

Undergraduate Student division:

First Prize best written paper ($75):

Steve Stolte


Runner up ($50):

Andrew Meyer


Runner up ($25):

Andrew Whitacre


Runner up ($25):

John Pezullo


Best Oral Presentation: ($25)

Steve Stolte

Graduate division: 

First Prize written paper ($75):

Meredith Blaydes


Runner up ($50):

Arina Matvejeva


Juniors and sophomores:  Plan ahead.  Save your best law-related paper for next year's conference.

For the results of the 2006 competition, click here.






Symposium on Copyright Law and Fashion Design


February 15, 2007 at 5:00 pm in Purnell 115


This symposium is co-sponsored by the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies.  The panel with include two lawyers who specialize in intellectual property rights and copyright law for trade dress and design. Hara K. Jacobs is  a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Group at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, in Philadelphia.  Ms Jacobs has been involved in a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secrets. She is co-author of U.S. Trade Dress Law: A Primer for the New Millennium (2002).  She will be joined by Paul Lantieri III, an associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the Intellectual Property Group at Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll.








Faculty Forum



Joshua M. Duke




March 22, 2006

Prof. Joshua Duke, University of Delaware


"The Land Assembly Problem: Lessons from Kelo v. New London"


In a highly informative (and well-attended) lecture, Professor Duke discussed the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on the power of eminent domain in Kelo v. New London.





Faculty Forum




This spring, Professor Leslie Goldstein of the Department of Political Science & International Relations gave a talk titled "Slavery Law and the Marshall Court."  The talk was held on Monday, May 7 at 12:15 to 1:30 pm in Room 308 Gore Hall





Legal Studies Film Festival

After many false starts, the Legal Studies Film Festival finally commenced in fall 2006.  The first two screenings were:



Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room


Tuesday October 10, 2006 at 7:00 pm in Purnell 115   Free admission!! 

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is a 2005 documentary film based on the best-selling 2003 book of the same name by Fortune reporters Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, a study of one of the largest business scandals in American history.  The film examines the collapse of the Enron Corporation, which resulted in criminal trials for several of the company's top executives. The film also shows the involvement of Enron traders in the California electricity crisis.  The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 78th Academy Awards.


The Paper Chase (1973)

Thursday April 19, 2007 at 7:00 pm in Purnell 115   Free admission!! 

Hart is a first-year law student at Harvard who struggles with balancing his heavy load of coursework and trying to impress his stern professor, the legendary Kingsfield.  He even has time for romance!  Sure it's a bit dated, but all pre-law students will want to see this portrait of life as a first-year law student.  It's pretty accurate and fun to watch.


Directed by James Bridges; starring Timothy Bottoms, John Houseman, and Lindsay Wagner. 


Houseman won the Academy Award for best actor in a supporting role, and the film was nominated for two more Oscars in 1974.  A classic.


To see our list of the greatest law-related movies, click here

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