Lectures & Conferences: 2015 - 2016


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The Frankel Fiduciary Prize Award LuncheonFrankel

Honoring David Swensen, Chief Investment Officer,
Yale University

Friday, September 18, 2015
11:45am - 1:30pm

Barristers Hall, Ground Floor
Boston University School of Law

The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard established the Frankel Fiduciary Prize to honor individuals who have contributed significantly to advancing the fiduciary principals in public life. For more information, visit the Institute at

11:45 PM – Lunch Available

12:15 PM – Program Start
Welcome to BU: Fred Tung, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Welcome to Institute for the Fiduciary Standard Frankel Fiduciary Prize:
Knut A. Rostad, President and Founder, Institute for the Fiduciary Standard

12:25 PM - Interview with Seth Klarman, President, The Baupost Group by
Andrew Golden, President of the Princeton University Investment Company

1:05 PM – Presentation of Frankel Fiduciary Prize:
Jay O. Light, George F. Baker Professor of Administration, Emeritus, Harvard Business School and Knut Rostad

1:20 PM – Acceptance by David Swensen

1:30 PM – Program Concludes

Registration is required.
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Constitution Day 2015

Fidelity to Our Imperfect Constitution: For Moral Readings and Against Originalisms by James E. Fleming, Professor of Law & The Honorable Frank R. Kenison Distinguished Scholar

Thursday, September 24, 2015
12:45 – 2:00pm

Barristers Hall, Ground Floor
Boston University School of Law

In recent years, some have asked “Are we all originalists now?” and many have assumed that originalists have a monopoly on concern for fidelity in constitutional interpretation. In Fidelity to Our Imperfect Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2015), James Fleming rejects originalisms—whether old or new, concrete or abstract, living or dead. Instead, he defends what Ronald Dworkin called a “moral reading” of the United States Constitution, or a “philosophic approach” to constitutional interpretation. He refers to conceptions of the Constitution as embodying abstract moral and political principles—not codifying concrete historical rules or practices—and of interpretation of those principles as requiring normative judgments about how they are best understood—not merely historical research to discover relatively specific original meanings. For example, the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, protecting the fundamental right of gays and lesbians to marry, reflects a moral reading and rejects an originalist approach. Fleming argues that only a moral reading, which aspires to interpret our imperfect Constitution so as to make it the best it can be, gives us hope of interpreting it in a manner that may deserve our fidelity.

To celebrate the publication of this timely and significant book, we have invited three distinguished scholars to comment on it. Professor Fleming will respond.

Welcome: Dean Maureen O’Rourke, BU School of Law


Gary Lawson, Philip S. Beck Professor of Law, BU School of Law

Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School
Jamal Greene, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and Professor Fleming will be signing them.

All – including not only professors, law students, graduate students, and undergraduates, but also alumni and the general public – are welcome to attend the symposium. If you have academic questions about the program, please contact Professor Gary Lawson,

Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society


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Notice and Notice Failure in Intellectual Property Lawmaze

Boston University Law School
September 25 - 26, 2015

In their landmark book, Patent Failure, James Bessen and Michael Meurer demonstrated that “notice failure” lies at the heart of the current crisis in patent law. Without sufficient and timely notice of the existence and scope of patent entitlements, innovators face risk and uncertainty which can hobble investment, transactions, and economic growth. Notice issues, moreover, are not limited to patent law: problems with notice - from the opaque nature of complex statutes to the fuzzy boundaries of many intellectual property doctrines - can lead to public frustration, litigation, inefficiencies, and chilling effects. This conference explores some of the challenges associated with notice and notice failure in patent, copyright, design patent, publicity, trade secret, and trademark law.

Click here for a current conference schedule.

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We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


Participants to include:

Barton Beebe, John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law, New York University School of Law
James Bessen, Lecturer in Law, Boston University School of Law
Robert G. Bone, G. Rollie White Excellence in Teaching Chair in Law, The University of Texas School of Law
Oren Bracha, Howrey LLP and Arnold, White & Durkee Centennial Professor, University of Texas School of Law
Annemarie Bridy, Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law
Tun-Jen Chiang, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law
Randall Davis, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Graeme Dinwoodie, Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law, University of Oxford Faculty of Law
Stacey L. Dogan, Law Alumni Scholar Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
John F. Duffy, Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Michael D. Fricklas, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Viacom Inc.
Jane C. Ginsburg, Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law, Columbia Law School
Wendy J. Gordon, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Paul R. Gugliuzza, Associate Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Keith N. Hylton, William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor, Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Bruce Keller, Assistant U.S. Attorney, D.N.J.
Mark A. Lemley, William H. Neukom Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Stan Liebowitz, Ashbel Smith Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Dallas
Jessica Litman, John F. Nickoll Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
Joseph Liu, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School
Orly Lobel, Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law, University of San Diego School of Law
Lydia LorenRobert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics, Lewis & Clark Law School
Peter Menell,  Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology Koret, Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley Law
Michael Meurer, Abraham and Lillian Benton Scholar Professor of Law, BostonUniversity School of Law
Suzanne Michel, Senior Patent Counsel, Google
Ruth Okediji,  William L. Prosser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
David OlsonAssociate Professor, Boston College Law School
Margaret Jane Radin, Henry King Ransom Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Michigan Law School  
R. Anthony Reese, Chancellor's Professor of Law, University of California Irvine School of Law 
Benjamin Roin, Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Pamela Samuelson , Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law; Professor of School Information; Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, University of California Berkeley Law
Honorable Patti B. Saris, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Jessica Silbey,  Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law
Henry E. Smith, Fessenden Professor of Law Director, Project on the Foundations of Private Law, Harvard Law School       
Rebecca L. Tushnet, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Fred von LohmannLegal Director, Copyright, Google Inc.
Alfred Chueh-Chin Yen, Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty, Boston College Law School Honorable William G. Young, Judge, U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts


Third Annual Workshop for Corporate & Securities Litigation

Boston University School of Law
October 2-3, 2015

This annual workshop brings together scholars focused on corporate and securities litigation to present their works-in-progress. The papers may address any aspect of corporate and securities litigation or enforcement, including but not limited to securities class actions, fiduciary duty litigation, or comparative approaches to business litigation. We welcome scholars working in a variety of methodologies, including empirical analysis, law and economics or other fields, and traditional doctrinal analysis. Participants will generally be expected to have drafts completed by the fall, although work in a more formative stage may also be included. Each author will provide a brief introduction, but most of the time in each session will be devoted to collective discussion of the paper.


Any questions concerning the workshop should be directed to the organizers: Professor David Webber (, Professor Jessica Erickson ( and Professor Verity Winship (



The Annual Kleh LectureGlennon

Featuring Michael J. Glennon, the William & Patricia Kleh Visiting Professor in International Law

Boston University School of Law
October 29, 2015
12:45pm - 2:00pm

Michael J. Glennon is Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He will be the William and Patricia Kleh Visiting Professor in International Law at Boston University School of Law for Fall 2015. Prior to going into teaching, he was Legal Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1977-1980). He has since been a Fulbright Distinguished Professor of International and Constitutional Law, Vytautus Magnus University School of Law, Kaunas, Lithuania (1998); a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. (2001-2002); Thomas Hawkins Johnson Visiting Scholar at the United States Military Academy, West Point (2005); Director of Studies at the Hague Academy of International Law (2006); and professeur invité at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) from 2006 to 2012. Professor Glennon has served as a consultant to various congressional committees, the U.S. State Department, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. Professor Glennon is the author of numerous articles on constitutional and international law as well as several books.

This lecture is made possible through the generosity of Patricia and William H. Kleh (’71), who established the William & Patricia Kleh Visiting Professorship in International Law in February 2011.

Supplemental Materials:

National Security and Double Government (Full Book)
Harvard National Security Journal: National Security and Double Government
Torturing the Rule of Law

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The Annual Distinguished Lecture

November 5th, 2015
12:45pm - 2:00pm

Barristers Hall, Ground Floor
Boston University School of Law

Featuring Roland G. Fryer, Jr., Henry Lee Professor of Economics and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard. His research combines economic theory, empirical evidence, and randomized experiments to help design more effective government policies. His work on education, inequality, and race has been widely cited in media outlets and Congressional testimony.

More details to follow.

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The BU Law Review Symposium:
Ran Hirschl's Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law

November 12th, 2015
12:45 - 4:00pm

Faculty Lounge
Boston University School of Law

Ran Hirschl is Professor of Political Science and Law and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy, and Development at the University of Toronto.

More details to follow.

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IP Conversations: Trademark Law's Fundamental Purposes conversation

November 20th, 2015
9:00am - 1:00pm
Boston University School of Law

The BU School of Law is hosting a conversation on trademark law’s purposes. Participants will read and discuss historical and policy materials. The discussions will be led by Robert Bone, Stacey Dogan, Wendy Gordon, Mark McKenna, and Rebecca Tushnet, each of whose scholarship will be among the materials of focus.

Participation in the Conversation is open to all faculty and law students, inside or outside BU, who will be expected to do the reading. In addition, we welcome non-participating audience members to listen to the morning discussion. Non-participants need not complete the advance reading.

The Conversation commences at 9 AM on November 20. Faculty participants are invited to lunch at its conclusion.

Students and faculty interested in joining us for the Conversation should contact Stacey Dogan ( or Wendy Gordon ( at least one week prior, so we can send you the reading list.

This is the first of an occasional series of IP Conversations to be hosted by BU Law.


The 8th Annual Mutual Fund Roundtable

December 4th, 2015

Barristers Hall
Boston University School of Law

More details to come.



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