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Chapman Dialogue Series

» 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 the Entertainment & Sports Law Symposium.

Our signature series, The Chapman Dialogues, is a distinguished lecture program that brings to campus some of the most innovative and thought-provoking scholars in the legal academy as well as other prominent leaders in law, business, and public policy. Our invited speakers present their research and share their expertise 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 typically 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.

Below is a list of our current and prior Dialogues. RSVP links for upcoming Dialogues are provided below and will be updated throughout the year if they are not currently available. If you have any trouble registering for a Dialogue or have general questions, please contact our events coordinator.

Upcoming Dialogues

Check back for the announcement of our Fall 2021 series.

Past Dialogues

  • 2020-2021
  • 2019-2020
  • 2018-2019
  • 2017-2018
  • 2016-2017
  • 2015-2016
  • 2014-2015
  • 2013-2014
  • 2012-2013
  • 2011-2012
  • Spring 2021

    Jamaal Lesane, Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs for MSG Sports
    Tuesday, January 26

    Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage
    Monday, February 8
    Co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.

    Asha Rangappa, Senior Lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
    Tuesday, February 16
    Co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.

    Andrés Irlando, Senior Vice President and President of Public Sector and Verizon Connect for the Verizon Business Group
    Wednesday, March 31

    Fall 2020

    N. Jeremi Duru, professor of law, American University Washington College of Law
    Wednesday, September 2
    Co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.

    Jimmie Gardner, judicial reform advocate, motivational speaker, 27-year wrongful conviction survivor
    Tuesday, September 29

    Presented in association with Chapman University’s Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.

    Xavier Gutierrez, president and CEO of the Arizona Coyotes 
    Thursday, October 15
    Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Law Students Association.

    Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, UCLA School of Law
    Wednesday, October 28<
    Presented in association with Chapman University’s Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.

    Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    Tuesday, November 3
    Co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.

  • Fall 2019

    • Randall Lewis, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs and Legal, CBS Television Distribution
      Thursday, September 19
    • Chris Park, Chief Executive Officer, Gen.G eSports
      Wednesday, October 16

    Spring 2020

    • Russ Feingold, Former U.S. Senator
      Monday, January 27
  • SPRING 2019

    • Jeanie Buss, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Lakers
      Tuesday, February 5
    • The Honorable Paul J. Watford, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
      Wednesday, March 20
    • Eric Karros, FOX Sports analyst and former Major League Baseball player
      Monday, March 25

    FALL 2018

    • The Honorable Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
      Thursday, September 13
    • Blye Pagon Faust, Academy Award winning producer of Spotlight
      Wednesday, October 10
  • FALL 2017

    • Alan Rothenberg, Chairman

    Premier Partnerships

    Wednesday, October 11


    • Arturo S. Rodriguez, President

    United Farm Workers of America

    Monday, October 16


    • David Flattum, Managing Director and Global General Counsel 


    Wednesday, November 1


     SPRING 2018

    • Noah Hall, Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Michigan 

    Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School

    "The Flint Water Crisis: Criminal Charges, Class Actions, and Civil Rights"

    Thursday, February 8


    • Eduardo M. Peñalver, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law

    Cornell Law School

    "Protecting Free Speech and Maintaining an Inclusive Campus Culture"

    Tuesday, March 6


    • Peter V. Ueberroth

    Chairman, The Contrarian Group | Former Commissioner, Major League Baseball | Former Chairman, The United States Olympic Committee | President, Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (Laooc)

    "The Evolution of the Sports Business"

    Tuesday, March 15 | No webcast available 

  • FALL 2016

    • Molly Ball, Staff Writer

    The Atlantic

    "2016 and the Great Disruption of American Politics"

    Tuesday, September 20 


    • Manuel A. Utset, Jr., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; William & Catherine VanDercreek Professor

    Florida State University College of Law

    "Financial Regulation: A Behavioral Law & Economics Perspective."

    Monday, October 3 


    • Alfred Chueh-Chin Yen, Associate Dean of Faculty; Professor of Law

    Boston College Law School

    "Aesthetics, Stare Decisis, and Copyright's Promotion of the Arts"

    Monday, October 24 


    • Jane E. Stromseth, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center; Lan Cao, Professor of Law, Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

    Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change (Oxford Univ. Press 2016)

    Thursday, November 10 


    SPRING 2017

    • Peggie R. Smith, Charles F. Nagel Professor of Employment and Labor Law

    Washington University School of Law

    "Regulating Care Work in an Aging Society: Past Trends and Present Challenges"

    Thursday, March 16 


    • The Honorable Russell D. Feingold, Former United States Senator from the State of Wisconsin

    Monday, April 17 

  • 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 


    • 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  

    • 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  


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

    University of Richmond School of Law

    “Relying on Reputation”

    Monday, November 16 


    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 


    • 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 

    • 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 


    • 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 


    • Honorable Salim Joubran, Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel

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

    Tuesday, April 5 

  • 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 

    • Melanie D. Wilson, Dean and Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee College of Law

    “The Moral Impediment to Justice"

    Thursday, November 13

    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 

    • 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 

    • 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 

    • 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

    • 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 

  • FALL 2013

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

    “Representing Exceptional Clients in Election Law Cases”

    Tuesday, October 8 

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

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

    Wednesday, October 23 

    • 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 


    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 

    • 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 

    • 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

    • 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 

  • 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.

Past Dialogue Speakers

The Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Blye Pagon Faust
Academy Award-winning producer of Spotlight

Noah Hall
Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Michigan

Eduardo M. Peñalver
Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law

Peter V. Ueberroth
President, Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC)