Global Justice and Freedom of the Press Topics for Inaugural Lectures at the School of Law

Lexington, VA Friday, September 22, 2006

The Washington and Lee University School of Law is pleased to announce the speakers for two inaugural lectures to be delivered the last week of September. On Tuesday, September 26, Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University will be the first invited speaker for the newly created Transnational Law Institute. Then, on Friday, September 29, Professor Mary-Rose Papandrea of the Boston College Law School will deliver the inaugural Charles S. Rowe First Amendment Lecture.


Anne-Marie Slaughter

The Transnational Law Institute, created in response to a legal practice that is rapidly globalizing, seeks to support and coordinate a variety of pedagogical methods that will contribute to the quality of the legal education offered at the School of Law. The Rowe Lecture is yet another expression of retired newspaper editor, alumnus, and emeritus board member Charles S. Rowe's desire to strengthen the link between the law school and the journalism department. Rowe's gift of an endowed chair for a First Amendment scholar has stimulated efforts to bring speakers to campus to address current issues of national concern.

Prior to becoming Dean, Professor Slaughter was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign and Comparative Law and the Director of Graduate and International Legal Studies at Harvard Law School. She is also the former President of the American Society of International Law, in which capacity she worked closely with W&L Law Professor Rick Kirgis. Dean Slaughter is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a frequent commentator in newspapers, radio, and television and a prolific scholar in international law and political science and the relationship between the two disciplines.

The topic of Dean Slaughter's lecture will be "American Justice in a Globalized World". The lecture is scheduled for noon in the Elrod Commons Theater on Tuesday, September 26, and is free and open to the public.


Mary-Rose Papandrea

Professor Papandrea, a rising scholar in First Amendment studies, joined the BC Law faculty in 2004. A graduate of Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Papandrea also clerked for Hon. John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Hon. Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Hon. David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. Following her clerkships, Professor Papandrea spent several years as a litigator at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in First Amendment and media defense litigation.

The topic of Professor Papandrea's lecture will be "The Press and National Security in Wartime". The lecture, which is being co-sponsored by the Department of Journalism, is scheduled for 11:15 am in the Elrod Commons Theater on Friday, September 29. This lecture is also free and open to the public.

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