New Faculty-Student Conversation Series Focuses on Issues of the Day


New Faculty-Student Conversation Series Focuses on Issues of the Day

From race and policing to the 2020 presidential election and COVID, a new series of zoom-based faculty-student conversations is exploring the latest issues shaping legal and political discourse. 

Organized by Professor Jed Shugerman, the series launched in mid-September with a discussion called, “COVID, Community, and the Constitution,” led by Professors Catherine Powell and Nestor Davidson. Next, on September 21, Professors Bennett Capers and Ben Zipursky spoke with students about qualified immunity, race, and policing. Today’s event,  “Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Justice Ginsburg,” features two of Justice Ginsburg’s former clerks, Professors Pamela Bookman and Aaron Saiger. On Tuesday, September 29, Professors Clare Huntington and Andrew Kent will speak with students about the expected nomination of a new justice to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat.

“The series is an opportunity for faculty members and students to discuss the critical issues facing our country,” said Dean Matthew Diller. “Our faculty members are drawing on their deep expertise in all of these areas, and students are coming to the conversations with terrific questions and insights. Additionally, as much of our legal education has moved online, we wanted to ensure that Fordham law students still had access to the substantive and robust interactions with faculty members that are the hallmark of a Fordham education.”

See below for the complete schedule of the conversations, which are open only to Fordham Law students, faculty, and staff:

Thursday, September 24
12:30 p.m.
Pamela Bookman and Aaron Saiger
Reflections on the Life and Legacy of Justice Ginsburg: A Conversation with Her Former Clerks, Pamela Bookman and Aaron Saiger

Tuesday, September 29
12:30 p.m.
Clare Huntington and Andrew Kent
The Supreme Court Nomination in 2020

Thursday, October 8
12:30 p.m.
Jim Brudney and Jennifer Gordon
Immigration and Labor During COVID-19

Wednesday, October 14
12:30 p.m.
Jerry Goldfeder
What if … Worst Case Election Scenarios Nov. 3 to Jan. 20

Thursday, October 22
12:30 p.m.
Ron Lazebnik and Olivier Sylvain
Social Media and the 2020 Election

Wednesday, October 28
4 p.m.
Susan Block-Lieb, Bernice Grant, and Richard Squire
COVID-19 and the Economy

Wednesday, November 4, 4 p.m. & Thursday, November 5, 12:30 p.m.
Post-election panels: (Details forthcoming)

Wednesday, November 11
4 p.m.
Supreme Court, 2020 Term Preview
Abner Greene, moderator

Thursday, November 19
12:30 p.m.
Zephyr Teachout on her new book, Break ’Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money


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