Lectures & Conferences: 2014 - 2015


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The Second Annual James N. Esdaile, Jr. Lecture
Featuring The Honorable Denise J. Casper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Judge Casper

Please join us for the second annual James N. Esdaile, Jr. Lecture featuring The Honorable Denise J. Casper, U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.

Judge Casper has been serving as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts since January 2011. Immediately prior to her appointment to the bench, she served as the Deputy District Attorney for Middlesex County.

Prior to serving as a Deputy District Attorney, Judge Casper served for six years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Office of the United States Attorney in Boston. Ultimately, she became Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Drug
Enforcement Task Force Unit. Before becoming a prosecutor, Judge Casper clerked for Justices of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and was an attorney in the Litigation Department of what is now Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Judge Casper is a graduate of Wesleyan University (1990) and Harvard Law School (1994).
She has been an active member of the Boston Bar Association and has served as an officer
of the Association and a member of its governing council. She has also served on the boards
of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the Executive Board of the Women’s Bar
Foundation and the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys. In addition, Judge Casper has
taught Legal Writing and Advocacy at the Boston University School of Law.

The distinguished James N. Esdaile Lecture has been made possible by the generosity of Esdaile, Barrett, Jacobs & Mone, which created it to honor James N. Esdaile, Jr. (‘70), a lifelong partner in the Boston-based law firm, former managing editor of the Boston University Law Review, and BU Law lecturer, university trustee and alumni association president.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 17 at 4 p.m. in Barristers Hall with a reception immediately following the lecture. Registration is required, please email to RSVP.




BU Law Commencement

Sunday, May 18, 2014

BU Law's 2014 Commencement ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 18 at Agganis Arena. Our 2014 Commencement speaker is the Honorable Juan R. Torruella ('57) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

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Annual Distinguished Lecture featuring Heather K. Gerken

Thursday, October 2, 2014

We are honored to welcome Heather K. Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, as our 2014 Annual Distinguished Lecturer.

Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available.



BU Law Review Book Symposium
On War Powers and the Constitution
A Symposium on Steve Griffin's Long Wars and the Constitution & Mariah Zeisberg's War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Boston University School of Law is pleased to continue its series of symposia on significant recent books in law. The distinctive format is to pick two significant books that join issue on an important topic, to invite the author of each book to write an essay on the other book, and to invite several BU faculty to write an essay on one or both books. We then publish the pieces in the Boston University Law Review.

The symposium will pair Steve Griffin's book, Long Wars and the Constitution (Harvard University Press, 2013) and Mariah Zeisberg's book, War Powers: The Politics of Constitutional Authority (Princeton University Press, 2013).

Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available.


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 at Fifty: Past, Present, and Future

Friday, November 14 & Saturday, November 15, 2014

This Conference marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by addressing fundamental questions about its past, present, and future. The conference will examine both the purposes of this historic Act, including the problems or evils it was designed to address, and also the assumptions underlying the Act’s design. Has the Act achieved its purposes and have those underlying assumptions proved correct? The conference will investigate the visions of antidiscrimination underlying the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the import of such visions for contemporary debates about antidiscrimination law. It will invite historical consideration of the relationship among social movements, activism and law reform. It will assess the current state of antidiscrimination law and ask what the major challenges are for the next fifty years. What changes, either legislative or judicial, might enable the Act better to further equality and equal citizenship for all?

The papers and proceedings will be published in Boston University Law Review.

Additional details, including registration information, will be posted as soon as they are available.



Annual Max M. Shapiro Lecture featuring Robert Khuzami ('83)

Fall 2014

Robert Khuzami ('83) will deliver the 2014 Max M. Shapiro Lecture. Mr. Khuzami served for four years (2009-13) as Director of Enforcement for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and is now a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Government & Internal Investigations Practice Group.

The Max M. Shapiro lecture, BU Law’s principle endowed lectureship, serves as a tribute to the memory of Max Shapiro (’33), a lawyer who devoted his career to examining the place of legal ethics in trial advocacy.

Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available.



Treasury's War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare Featuring Juan Zarate, Senior Adviser, Transnational Threats Project and Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program

Fall 2014

Juan Zarate

Over the past decade, America has quietly and successfully waged a new kind of war against the financial networks of terrorist groups, rogue regimes, proliferators, and criminal syndicates. Juan Zarate—a former senior Treasury and White House official—was part of the small group of officials who dedicated themselves to leveraging financial power and influence globally to undermine America’s enemies. The result was a dramatic redefinition of financial warfare and the role of the Treasury department—one that utilized all of Treasury's power, influence, and relationships to dismantle illicit financial networks, stop terrorism, and influence geopolitics. While making use of all of the tactics that government had developed over centuries, from sanctions to quiet diplomacy, Zarate and his colleagues also partnered with the private sector, creating an international financial environment in which the banks’ and multinational companies’ bottom lines dovetailed directly with national security interests, with the goal of isolating rogues from the legitimate financial system. Their approach soon became—and remains—central in navigating all the critical geopolitical challenges facing the United States, including terrorism, proliferation, and rogue regimes in North Korea, Iran, and Syria.

TREASURY’S WAR is the story of how these tactics were developed and brought to bear on some of the most dangerous and elusive criminal and rogue enterprises around the globe. Zarate gives us an insider’s view of one of the most potent yet least-examined strategies in the war on terror and American national security, and forecasts its future impact on our security and safety. It is a vitally important chapter in our nation’s history of warfare; one that, in many ways, is still being written. Zarate warns that other nations and organizations are beginning to learn these tactics. “The financial wars are coming,” he writes. “It is time to redesign a national economic security to prepare for them.”

Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available. This lecture is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the National Security Law Society.


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