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Inaugural Conference on Law and Liberal Arts at Oberlin College
"Law and Social Change in the 21st Century"
November 14-16, 2003

Join the Oberlin community for a dynamic three-day conference exploring the most compelling legal, political, and social issues facing Americans today.

Hosted by politics professor Ron Kahn, this all-Oberlin conference features dozens of alumni—including several noted legal experts—speaking on such timely topics as affirmative action, capital punishment, Internet law, recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, the capping of damage awards, and much more. Intended for both lawyers and non-lawyers alike, each of eight panels promises lively debate and discussion of the more controversial legal and social issues that affect all Americans.

Kicking off the conference is a Friday evening dinner and keynote address by Richard Lempert ’64, who, as a distinguished professor of sociology and law at the University of Michigan, drafted the highly publicized affirmative action policy upheld this summer by the Supreme Court. Also featured is Vanderbilt University law professor Nancy King '82, who will speak Saturday evening on “Wrongful Convictions in the 21st Century." Many of the sessions will be held in the lecture halls of Oberlin’s striking new Science Center, with overnight accommodations available nearby.

Advance CLE approval is being requested from selected representative states; attendees who wish to secure CLE credit from other states will be provided with the appropriate materials. “Law and the Liberal Arts at Oberlin” is sponsored by the Department of Politics, the Alumni Association, and the Office of the President.

"This is a conference by Obies and for Obies, both alumni and current students. It explores some of the major legal, political, and social issues of the day, while celebrating the contributions of Obies over the decades who have used law and legal institutions, and the study of law and legal institutions, to make our nations a more humane place in which to live."
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Ronald Kahn
James Monroe Professor of Politics and Law
Conference Director
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