Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture
In remembrance of the life of Mrs. Ann F. Baum, a gift through her estate has endowed the Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture. This lecture series seeks to promote the relevant and timely discussion of broad range of issues relating to the intersection of public policy, the law, and the elderly.
Mrs. Baum was born November 11, 1922, into a poor Irish Catholic family. A life-long resident of the Chicago area, Mrs. Baum grew up with seven siblings. She and her husband, the late Alvin H. Baum, operated an investment firm in Chicago. Mr. Baum passed away in 1982, and Mrs. Baum passed away in 2005.
Mrs. Baum and her late husband were compassionate individuals who supported a broad array of charities as well as providing direct support to needy individuals. Targets of their giving included the disadvantaged, the young, the elderly, religious organizations, educational organizations, and civic organizations. Their legacy of giving and sharing is continued through the Alvin H. Baum Family Fund of which Alvin and Ann were both benefactors.
The Ann F. Baum Memorial Elder Law Lecture constitutes a fitting memorial to a woman who was deeply concerned with the rights and issues pertaining to elderly people in our society.
David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
The family and friends of David C. Baum endowed the David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights not only in his memory, but at his request.
Deep concern for the dignity and rights of all people was central to Professor Baum’s character and activities. After receiving his undergraduate and legal education at Harvard University, Professor Baum served as law clerk for Justice Walter V. Schaefer of the Illinois Supreme Court, 1959-60. He then practiced law with the Chicago firm of Ross, McGowan, Hardies and O’Keefe until he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law in 1963.
Professor Baum was an inspiration to his student and colleagues, not only because of the excellence of his teaching, scholarship, and public service, but because of his remarkable human qualities. Conscientious and judicious, blending passion for justice with dispassionate objectivity, he inspired the highest level of discourse and endeavor in all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.
It is hoped that the David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights will constitute a fitting memorial to a man whose unrelenting intellectual vigor and moral commitment made his presence in the world of law invaluable.
Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law
This series was made possible through the generosity of Carl Vacketta, ’65, and DLA Piper, which has more than 4,200 lawyers in offices in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States; and represents more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than any other law firm in the world.
The Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture Series is a component of The Marbury Institute, named for William L. Marbury, Jr. (1901-1988), who was instrumental in the development of the firm and devoted his career to public and community service. The Institute serves as DLA Piper’s initiative to promote the highest ideals of the legal profession.
- 2014 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: "Gender Equity: 50 Years After Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964"
EEOC Commissioner Chai R. Feldblum
2013 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: "The Affordable Care Act – A New Paradigm For U.S. Health Law"
Senator Tom Daschle
- 2012 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: “The Complicated but Vital Relationship: The US and Mexico”
Former U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow
- 2011 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: "America’s Future Global Challenges"
Ambassador Nicholas Burns
- 2010 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: "America’s Future Global Challenges"
Ambassador Craig Kelly
- 2009 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture
Secretary William Cohen
- 2008 Vacketta- DLA Piper Lecture: "Homeland Security: Then and Now"
Admiral James Loy
- 2007 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: "American Diplomacy for the 21st Century"
Ambassador Marc Grossman
- 2006 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture
Govenor James Blanchard
- 2005 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: "America's Role in the World in the 21st Century"
Senator George J. Mitchell
- 2004 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: "U.S. National Security in Today's International Environment"
General Joseph W. Ralston, USAF (Ret)
- 2003 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: "The Instrumental Value of Sloppy Work in Making Legislation"
- 2002 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture: "Two Questions of Justice"
The Honorable John Paul Stevens
Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession
In commemoration of the life and accomplishments of Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr., the law firm of Latham and Watkins, the Van Arsdell family, and his many friends, colleagues, and clients endowed the Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession. This lecture series promotes thoughtful discussion on litigation and dispute resolution systems and the highest ethical ideals of the legal profession.
Mr. Van Arsdell received his bachelor’s degree in 1969 and master’s degree in 1971 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After serving as an officer in the United States Army from 1971 until 1973, he returned to the University of Illinois where he received his law degree in 1977, earning a Rickert Award for Legal Writing and serving as managing editor of the University of Illinois Law Forum.
Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Van Arsdell clerked for Judge John Godbold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Montgomery, Alabama. He began his practice in 1978 as an associate for the Chicago-based law firm of Hedlund, Hunter and Lynch, moving to their Los Angeles office in 1980. In 1982 the firm merged with Latham and Watkins; Mr. Van Arsdell became a partner in 1985.
Mr. Van Arsdell was an outstanding young litigator involved in consumer law and was a role model for younger attorneys. He was regarded by his colleagues as a very hard-working attorney and regularly shared his experiences and expertise with others. He became the youngest head of the firm’s finance committee, a demonstration of the firm’s deep respect for him and his work.
"The Future of Lawyers"
Richard Susskin, OBE
"Human Capital Accounting for Lawyers"
Professor William Henderson
"An Epiphany* on the Road to Kansas City or Changing Law Firm Paradigms in America. *Epiphany = A comprehension of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization."
Fred H. Bartlit, Jr. (’60)
- "Is Learning to Think Like a Lawyer Enough?"
Professor Stephen Wizner
- "Why Lawyering Matters"
Stephen F. Molo (’82)
- "Can a Bad Person be a Good Judge?: The Inevitable Impact of Faith and Values on Judicial Decisions"
The Honorable Patrick J. Schiltz
- "Process for People, Power or Peace?: The Purposes and Empirical Realities of Procedure"
Professor Carrie J. Menkel-Meadow
- "Places of Power: From Renaissance Town Halls to Guantanamo Bay"
Professor Judith Resnik
- "Do Lawyers Share Moral Responsibility for Torture at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib?"
- "Black Chicago Lawyers"
David B. Wilkins
- "The Overlapping Roles of Criminal, Administrative, and Tort Law in Providing Compensation for Mass Private Delicts"
The Honorable Jack B. Weinstein
- "The Quest for Accuracy in our Criminal Justice System"
Lawrence C. Marshall