» Chapman Dialogue Lecture Series

The Fowler School of Law hosts a range of important and stimulating presentations throughout the academic year, from practitioner lunchtime talks to major academic symposia, including the annual Chapman Law Review Symposium and Nexus Journal of Law & Policy Symposium.

Our signature lecture series, The Chapman Dialogues, is a special lineup of distinguished lectures by innovative and thought-provoking legal scholars as well as some of the nation’s most prominent legal practitioners. Our invited speakers present their research and ideas to a wide audience of faculty, students, alumni and special guests. Each Dialogue concludes with a lively Question and Answer session, typically led by one or two discussants from among the Fowler Law faculty.

Dialogues are held during lunchtime, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Room 237 of Dale E. Fowler School of Law’s Kennedy Hall, with a complimentary buffet lunch included. Seats may be reserved online. For more information about the Dialogues, or to inquire about presenting, please contact Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development Donald Kochan.

Below is a list of our current and prior Dialogues. If you are unable to attend, or missed a scheduled talk, live and archived webcasts are available for most of the Dialogues. RSVP links for upcoming Dialogues are provided below and will be updated throughout the year. If you have any trouble registering for a Dialogue or have general questions, please contact our Law Events Coordinator, Ashley Kemp.

  • 2016-2017 Schedule
  • 2015-2016 Schedule
  • 2014-2015
  • 2013-2014
  • 2012-2013
  • 2011-2012
  • FALL 2016

    Molly Ball, Staff Writer

    The Atlantic

    Tuesday, September 20 | RSVP NOW


    Manuel Utset, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; William & Catherine VanDercreek Professor

    Florida State University College of Law

    Monday, October 3 | RSVP NOW


    Alfred Yen, Associate Dean of Faculty; Professor

    Boston College of Law

    Monday, October 24 | RSVP NOW


    A Dialogue on Chapman Professor Lan Cao's New Book, Culture in Law and Development: Nuturing Positive Change (Oxford Univ. Press 2016), with special guest commenter and Georgetown Law Professor Jane Stromseth

    Thursday, November 10 | RSVP NOW


    SPRING 2017

    Peggie Smith, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs; Charles F. Nagel Professor of Employment and Labor Law

    Washington University School of Law

    Thursday, March 16 | RSVP NOW

  • FALL 2015

    Christopher Slobogin, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law; Professor of Psychiatry; and Director, Criminal Justice Program

    Vanderbilt University School of Law

    “Can the Fourth Amendment Survive in a Digital Age?”

    Thursday, September 10 |View the webcast »


    Lawrence B. Solum, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law

    Georgetown University Law Center

    “The Case for Originalism: Justifying the Constraining Force of the Constitutional Text”

    Thursday, October 8 | View the webcast »


    Jennifer L. Mnookin, Dean; David G. Price and Dallas P. Price Professor of Law; and Faculty Co-Director, Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence (PULSE)

    UCLA School of Law

    "Modular, Made-in-Advance Expert Testimony:  Opportunities and Obstacles"

    Monday, October 26 | View the webcast » 


    James Gibson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law

    University of Richmond School of Law

    “Relying on Reputation”

    Monday, November 16 | View the webcast »


    SPRING 2016  

    Robert B. Ahdieh, Vice Dean, K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law

    Emory University School of Law

    “The Golden Age of Legal Education”

    Thursday, January 21 | View the webcast »


    David B. Thronson, Associate Dean for Experiential Education and Professor of Law

    Michigan State University College of Law

    "Immigration Law and the Family"

    Monday, February 8 | View the webcast »

    Richard A. Epstein, Inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law 

    NYU School of Law

    "Justice Scalia's Jurisprudential Legacy of Property Rights"

    Monday, March 14 | RSVP Now | View the webcast »


    Lonnie T. Brown, Jr., A. Gus Cleveland Distinguished Chair of Legal Ethics and Professionalism

    University of Georgia School of Law

    “From Watts to Ferguson: The Prophetic Wisdom of Ramsey Clark”

    Tuesday, March 29 | RSVP NowView the webcast »


    Honorable Salim Joubran, Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel

    "Freedom of Religion and the Role of the Supreme Court"

    Tuesday, April 5 | RSVP Now | View the webcast »

  • FALL 2014

    Tom Goldstein, Supreme Court litigator and co-founder SCOTUSblog

    “Perspectives on Finding Your Niche and Personalizing Your Path in Law"

    Monday, September 22 | View the webcast »

    Melanie D. Wilson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law

    “The Moral Impediment to Justice"

    Thursday, November 13 | View the webcast »

    SPRING 2015

    Daniel B. Rodriguez, Dean and Harold Washington Professor, Northwestern University School of Law; Immediate Past President, Association of American Law Schools (AALS)

    "The Law-Business-Technology Interface and its Impact on Professional Education”

    Monday, January 26 View the webcast »

    Tom Ginsburg, Deputy Dean, Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, and Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago Law School

    "Were the Framers Right about Constitutional Design? The U.S. Constitution in Comparative Perspective"

    Monday, February 2 View the webcast »

    Monica Hakimi, Associate Dean for Academic Programming and Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    "What's the Point of International Law?"

    Thursday, February 19 Register now » View the webcast »

    Nestor M. Davidson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law

    "The Administrative City-State: Administrative Law in Local Governance"

    Tuesday, March 24 Register now » View the webcast »

    Garry W. Jenkins, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

    "Next-Gen Giving: How New Philanthropy Helps and Hurts"

    Monday, April 6 Register now » View the webcast »

  • FALL 2013

    Trevor Potter, Partner, Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, D.C.

    “Representing Exceptional Clients in Election Law Cases”

    Tuesday, October 8 | View the webcast »

    Kenneth Feinberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rosen, LLP

    “Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes:  Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges”

    Wednesday, October 23 | View the webcast »

    Douglas J. Sylvester, Dean, Professor of Law and Faculty Fellow, Center for Law, Science & Innovation at Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

    “The Role of Law Schools after the JD”

    Monday, November 11 | View the webcast »


    SPRING 2014

    Robert M. Chesney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Charles I. Francis Professor in Law, University of Texas at Austin School of Law

    “War Powers Without War?  The Surprisingly Slim Legal Significance of the Armed-Conflict Model of Counterterrorism”

    Monday, January 27 View the webcast »

    Kellye Y. Testy, Dean and James W. Mifflin University Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law

    “A New Look at the Bramble Bush: The Promise of Leadership in Legal Education” 

    Wednesday, February 5 | This event was canceled

    Alexander M. Capron, University Professor, Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics, Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at University of Southern California Gould School of Law

    "Should We Lift the Ban on Buying and Selling Human Organs for Transplantation?"

    Tuesday, March 25 View the webcast »

    Gillian Lester, Acting Dean and Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law, Werner and Mimi Wolfen Research Professor, Berkeley Law School, University of California

    “Paradoxical Preferences on Social Spending and Taxes: Implications for Regulatory Design”

    Thursday, April 3 View the webcast »

    Laura Underkuffler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and J. DuPratt White Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School

    “Captured by Evil?: Markets, Morals, and the Rule of Law"

    Thursday, April 10 View the webcast »

  • FALL 2012

    Deborah A. DeMott, David F. Cavers Professor of Law, Duke University of School of Law

    “Artful Good Faith:  Law, Custom, and Intermediaries in Art Markets”

    Thursday, October 18, 2012 


    Philip Longman, Senior Research Fellow with the New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program

    "After Obamacare: Lessons of the VA for healthcare Reform"

    Friday, October 19, 2012

    Note: This is a special Dialogue as part of the 2012 Nexus Symposium:"Healthy Decision or Unhealthy Oversight?: A Legal Debate on the Affordable Care Act and the Impact of the Supreme Court's Recent Decision" and will be held from 11:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.


    David Scheffer, Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago

    "Chasing Leadership Impunity: The Rapid Evolution of International Criminal Law"

    November 13, 2012 


    SPRING 2013

    Chancellor Leo E. Strine, Jr., Delaware Court of Chancery

    2013 Chapman Law Review Symposium, “The Future of Law, Business, and Legal Education: How to Prepare Students to Meet Corporate Needs," a special Keynote Dialogue

    Friday, February 1, 2013

    Fernando Chang-Muy, Thomas O'Boyle Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law

    “International Human Rights, Refugees and Persecution"

    Thursday, February 7, 2013


    Leanda Lederman, William W. Oliver Professor of Tax Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington and Director of the Law School’s Tax Program

     “The War on Tax Abuse”

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013
  • FALL 2011

    Gabriel "Jack" Chin, Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

    Civil Death in the Regulatory State

    Friday, September 16, 2011, 11:30 a.m.


    Laura Rothstein, Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville

    Disability Policy in Education Settings: The Eisenhower Highway System as a Roadmap

    Friday, September 23, 2011, 11:30 a.m.


    Adrien K. Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor, University of Iowa of College of Law, and Bette and Wylie Aitken, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law

    After the Last Judgment: The Future of Middle East Constitutionalism

    Thursday, October 27, 2011, 11:30 a.m.


    Catharine A. MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School

    Trafficking, Prostitution, and Inequality

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 11:30 a.m.


    Walter E. Dellinger, lll, the Douglas B. Maggs Professor Emeritus of Law at Duke University School of Law

    Lincoln, King and Mendez: The Quest for American Equality

    Friday, December 2, 2011, 11:30 a.m.


    SPRING 2012

    John Dean, former White House counsel and special keynote speaker at the Chapman Law Review Symposium

    The 40th Anniversary of Watergate: A Commemoration of the Rule of Law

    Friday January 27, 2012, 11:30 a.m.


    Peter H. Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law and Professor (Adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School

    Immigration Policy: Myths and Realities

    Thursday, March 15, 2012, 11:30 a.m.

Previous Speakers

Tom Goldstein
Tom Goldstein, Appellate Advocate and Co-founder and Publisher of SCOTUSblog (2014-2015 Series)
Trevor Potter
Trevor Potter, Partner, Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, D.C. (2013-2014 Series)
Kenneth Feinberg
Kenneth Feinberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rosen, LLP (2013-2014 Series)
John Dean
John Dean, White House Counsel for United States President Richard Nixon from July 1970 until April 1973 (2011-2012 Chapman Dialogue Series)