Annual Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Series
by USD School of Law
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The Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1984 to honor the esteemed law professor who devoted his life to the law and legal education. This lecture series brings distinguished speakers to the University of San Diego to discuss issues of national significance. Nathanson, a graduate of Yale University, Yale Law School and Harvard Law School, served as law clerk to The Honorable Julian Mack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as to The Honorable Louis D. Brandeis of the Supreme Court of the United States. He taught law at Northwestern University School of Law from 1936 to 1977, where he was named professor emeritus. That same year, he was named a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. He spent alternate semesters at the two law schools until his death in 1983. Also receiving the benefit of his wisdom were Stanford University, Rutgers University, the University of Washington, Arizona State University and the University of Tokyo. Nathanson was best known for his work in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, civil liberties, international law and human rights. In these and other areas, he authored or served as editor of seven books and had published almost 100 major articles, reviews and papers. He continued to pursue these interests through service to government, the American Society of Legal Studies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Constitutional Convention of Palau, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. The University of San Diego greatly benefited from the presence of this eminent professor and is pleased to present this lecture series in his memory.
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|2||Video2013: The Claims of Conscience and the Rule of Law: Can They Coexist?||Since the rise of revealed religion, the relation between civil and religious authority has been a central question. In modernity, religious authority has often been seen in individual terms, as the conscience of the believer. In a constitutional democracy such as ours, how can we deal with the conflict between the aims of public law and the demands of individual conscience, which may require non-compliance or resistance? Galston will explore some of the ways in which this conflict plays out in jurisprudence and public policy.||5/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
|3||Video2012: Brown v. Board in the World: How the Global Turn Matters for School Reform, Human Rights, and Legal Knowledge||Locating America’s educational landmark decision in global contexts calls for tracing the influence of Cold War politics on the decision and identifying its relevance and irrelevance to issues of segregated schooling in other nations. Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow will present insights from such a study and discuss the promise and limitations of law-led school reform and its relative power over universal human rights norms, local doctrine and politics.||3/9/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|4||Video2011: Academic Freedom as a Constitutional Principle||Post rejects the traditional analogy between academic freedom and individual First Amendment rights. He denies that the university constitutes a simple "marketplace of ideas." He instead argues that the constitutional concept of academic freedom ultimately derives from the constitutional value of democratic competence, which refers to the creation and dissemination of knowledge necessary for the maintenance of democratic self-determination.||10/8/12||Free||View In iTunes|
|5||Video2010: Fundamental Questions about the Religion Clauses: Reflections on Some Critiques||Greenawalt discussed the nature of reasoning about basic moral, political, and constitutional issues, the relevance of relying on religious perspectives in addressing the religion clauses and the defensibility of justifications. He also discussed the legal standards that rely on multiple considerations and the wisdom of judges deferring to the political branches in this domain of constitutional law.||5/10/10||Free||View In iTunes|
|6||Video2009: The Poverty of Public Meaning Originalism||Pulitzer Prize winning author Jack Rakove discusses the currently fashionable “public meaning” theory of constitutional interpretation which suggests that the best way to reconstruct the original meaning of the Constitution is to imagine how a somewhat neutral but informed and literate observer would have read the language of the constitutional text. For more information about this event, go to law.sandiego.edu/nathanson25.||5/5/10||Free||View In iTunes|