The Annual Distinguished Lecture
Each year, a noted legal scholar presents a timely lecture at BU Law. The Boston University Law Review then publishes the Annual Distinguished Lecturer’s presentation.
On October 2, 2014, at 12:45 p.m., Heather K. Gerken, J. Skelley Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, presented the Annual Distinguished Lecture: “The Interlocking Gears of Rights and Structure: Why the Critics are Wrong About U.S. v. Windsor.” Professor Gerken argued that federalism and rights often work together to move society forward. Her paper will be published in an upcoming volume of the Boston University Law Review.
Past Annual Distinguished Speakers include:
- 2013-2014: Michael W. McConnell, Time, Institutions, and Interpretation.
- 2012-2013: William N. Eskridge, Jr., Backlash Politics: How Constitutional Litigation Has Advanced Marriage Equality, 93 B.U.L. Rev. 275 (2013).
- 2011-2012: Martha Albertson Fineman, Beyond Identities: The Limits of an Antidiscrimination Approach to Equality, 92 B.U. L. Rev. 1713 (2012).
- 2010-2011: Michael J. Sandel, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?, 91 B.U. L. Rev. 1303 (2011).
- 2009-2010: Kim Lane Scheppele, The New Judicial Deference, 92 B.U. L. Rev. 89 (2012).
- 2008-2009: Reva Siegel, Roe‘s Roots: The Women’s Rights Claims that Engendered Roe, 90 B.U. L. Rev. 1875 (2010).
- 2007-2008: Dean Harold Koh, Looking Over a Crowd and Picking Out Your Friends, video of lecture.
- 2006-2007: Kathryn Abrams, Women and Antiwar Protest: Rearticulating Gender and Citizenship, 87 B.U. L. Rev. 849 (2007).
- 2005-2006: Judith Resnik, Whither and Whether Adjudication?, 86 B.U. L. Rev. 1101 (2006).
- 2005-2006: John J. Donohue III, Witness to the Deception: An Insider’s Look at the Disney Trial.
- 2004-2005: Frank I. Michelman, Foxy Freedom?, 90 B.U. L. Rev. 949 (2010).
- 2003-2004: John C. Coffee, Gatekeeper Failure and Reform: The Challenge of Fashioning Relevant Reforms, 84 B.U. L. Rev. 301 (2004).
- 2002-2003: G. Edward White, Alger Hiss’s Campaign for Vindication, 83 B.U. L. Rev. 1 (2003).
- 1999-2000: Martha Minow, Partners, Not Rivals?: Redrawing the Lines Between Public and Private, Non-Profit and Profit, and Secular and Religious, 80 B.U. L. Rev. 1061 (2000).
- 1998-1999: Michael J. Trebilcock, Government By Voucher, 80 B.U. L. Rev. 205 (2000).
- 1997-1998: Robert C. Post, Defending the Lifeworld: Substantive Due Process in the Taft Court Era, 78 B.U. L. Rev. 1489 (1998).
- 1996-1997: Randall Kennedy, How Are We Doing With Loving?: Race, Law, and Intermarriage, 77 B.U. L. Rev. 815 (1997).
- 1995-1996: Saul Levmore, Unconditional Relationships, 76 B.U. L. Rev. 807 (1996).
- 1994-1995: Carol M. Rose, Trust in the Mirror of Betrayal, 75 B.U. L. Rev. 531 (1995).
- 1993-1994: Richard A. Epstein, The Legal Regulation of Genetic Discrimination: Old Responses to New Technology, 74 B.U. L. Rev. 1 (1994).
- 1991-1992: Joseph Raz, The Relevance of Coherence, 72 B.U. L. Rev. 273 (1992).
- 1989-1990: Catherine A. MacKinnon, Pornography as Defamation and Discrimination, 71 B.U. L. Rev. 793 (1991).
- 1989-1990: Cass R. Sunstein, Why the Unconstitutional Conditions Doctrine is an Anachronism (with Particular Reference to Religion, Speech, and Abortion), 70 B.U. L. Rev. 593 (1990).
- 1986-1987: Robert W. Gordon, The Independence of Lawyers, 68 B.U. L. Rev. 1 (1988).
- 1986-1987: Richard A. Posner, The Regulation of the Market in Adoptions, 67 B.U. L. Rev. (1987).