Endowed Lectures

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.

  • "Revocable Trusts and Incapacity Planning: More than Just a Will Substitute"
    Professor Robert Sitkoff

  • “Should Social Security and Medicare Be More Market-Based?”
    Professor Daniel Shaviro

  • "The 'Elderly' as Vulnerable: Rethinking the Nature of Individual and Societal Responsibility"
    Professor Martha Albertson Fineman
  • "Healthcare, Retirement, and the New Economic Landscape for Older Americans"
    Professor Jacob Hacker
  • "The Golden Age of Aging – and It’s Discontents"
    Professor Peter H. Schuck
  • "New Challenges for Retirement Risk Management"
    Professor Olivia S. Mitchell
  • "Aging in Place, Housing, and the Law" 
    Professor Jon Pynoos
  • "When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Worsening Organ Shortage, What It Means for Seniors, and What To Do About It" 
    Dr. Sally L. Satel
  • "Parallel Systems, Second-Class Citizens: The Failure of Elder Abuse Legislation" 
    Laura Watts

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. 

  • "Why Excluding Same-Sex Couples from Civil Marriage Violates the Constitutional Law of the United States"
    Michael J. Perry
  • “The Conflict Over Religious Liberty”
    Douglas Laycock

  • “The Other Side to Madison's Dilemma: When the Problem of Civil Rights Becomes the Problem of Minority Factions”
    Lawrence Lessig

  • Citizens United and the Role of the Supreme Court in a Self Governing Society
    Professor Geoffrey Stone
  • Transparency
    Professor Frederick Schauer
  • A Free Press for a Global Society
    President Lee C. Bollinger
  • The Power of Persuasion Before and Within the Supreme Court of the United States: Reflections on the National Environmental Policy Act’s Zero for Sixteen Record at the High Court
    Professor Richard J. Lazarus
  • Some History of Executive and Judicial Balances in Times of War
    Professor Neal K. Katyal
  • Is Carolene Products Obsolete?
    Professor David A. Strauss
  • The Courage of Innocence: Children as Heros in the Struggle for Justice
    Professor Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
  • Who is Free Speech For? Who is For Free Speech?
    Professor Kathleen M. Sullivan
  • Equal Respect for Conscience: Roger Williams on the Moral Basis of Civil Peace
    Professor Martha Nussbaum
  • Constitutional Remedies
    Dean John C. Jeffries Jr.
  • Informed Consent to Abortion: A First Amendment Analysis of Compelled Physician Speech
    Professor Robert C. Post
  • Enforcing Sex Roles in South Dakota: An Equality Analysis of Abortion Restrictions Under Casey and Hibbs
    Professor Riva Siegel
  • Objections in Conscience to Medical Procedures: Does Religion Make a Difference?
    R. Kent Greenawalt
  • The European Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education
    Professor Sir Bob Hepple, QC, FBA
  • Ordinary Freedoms: What Do Americans Really Mean by Freedom?
    Orlando Patterson
  • Civil Rights Litigation: The Paradox of Rights Without Remedies
    David Rudovsky
  • From Equality to Diversity: The Detour from Brown to Grutter
    Colin S. Diver
  • In Defense of Judicial Review: The Perils of Popular Constitutionalism
    Erwin Chemerinsky
  • The Current Reparations Debate
    Charles J. Ogletree, Jr.
  • Disarming the Private Attorney General
    Pamela S. Karlan
  • Child Welfare and Civil Rights
    Dorothy E. Roberts
  • Was the Emancipation Proclamation Constitutional? Do We—Should We—Care What the Answer Is?
    Sanford Levinson
  • "Nigger!" As a Problem in the Law
    Randall Kennedy
  • Law, Government Violence, and Human Rights
    Ramsey Clark
  • Abraham Lincoln and the American Union
    Akhil Reed Amar
  • Family Law in the Secular State and Restrictions on Same-Sex Marriages
    Mary E. Becker
  • Privacy and Press Freedom: Paparazzi and Other Intruders
    Robert M. O’Neil
    Academic Year 1998-99
  • Bowers v. Hardwick, Reconsidered
    William N. Eskridge, Jr.
    Academic Year 1997-98
  • Deriving Modern Rights from the Ancient Constitution
    Michael W. McConnell
    Academic Year 1996-97
  • Chaos, Norms, and the Limits of Law
    Lillian R. BeVier
    Academic Year 1996-97
  • The Jurisprudence of Thurgood Marshall
    Mark V. Tushnet
    Academic Year 1995-96
  • Hate Speech: Affirmation or Contradiction of Freedom of Expression?
    Kathleen E. Mahoney
    Academic Year 1995-96
  • Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory
    Derrick A. Bell, Jr.
    Academic Year 1994-95
  • Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. and Civil Rights
    Abner J. Mikva
    Academic Year 1994-95
  • What the Civil Rights Movement Was and Wasn’t (With Notes on Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X)
    Cass R. Sunstein
    Academic Year 1993-94
  • Reinventing Brandeis
    Daniel A. Farber
    Academic Year 1993-94
  • Why the Confirmation Process Can’t Be Fixed
    Stephen Lisle Carter
    Academic Year 1992-93
  • Gender Equality and Contemporary Family Law
    Sylvia Ann Law
    Academic Year 1991-92
  • Medical Decisions for and by Children: Tensions Between Child, Parent, and State
    Walter J. Wadlington
    Academic Year 1991-92
  • Constitutional Rights of Children
    Homer H. Clark, Jr.
    Academic Year 1990-91
  • Free Exercise of Families: Exploring Variety
    Martha L. Minow
    Academic Year 1990-91
  • The Internationalization of Human Rights
    Lloyd N. Cutler
    Academic Year 1989-90
  • Racism in American and South African Courts: Similarities and Differences
    A. Leon Higgenbotham, Jr.
    Academic Year 1989-90
  • Human Rights and the Liberties of Englishmen
    Sir Geoffrey Elton
    Academic Year 1988-89
  • Boundaries and Reasons: Freedom of Expression and the Subordination of Groups
    Kenneth L. Karst
    Academic Year 1988-89
  • The Real Meaning of Religious Clauses
    John T. Noonan, Jr.
    Academic Year 1987-88
  • Confirming Supreme Court Justices: Thoughts on The Second Opinion Rendered by the Senate
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Academic Year 1987-88
  • Permissive Affirmative Action
    Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr.
    Academic Year 1986-87
  • Civil Rights: The Source and the Product
    Wade H. McCree, Jr.
    Academic Year 1986-87
  • Seditious Libel, Truth, and the Rejection of the English Tradition as the Central Premise of the First Amendment
    Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.
    Academic Year 1985-86
  • Privatization of Personal Freedoms and Enrichment of Democracy: Some Lessons from Labor Law
    Clyde W. Summers
    Academic Year 1985-86
  • The Nativity Scene Case: An Error of Judgment
    Norman Dorsen
    Academic Year 1984-85
  • Models of Equality
    Herma Hill Kay
    Academic Year 1985-85
  • Attacking Miranda’s “Bright Lines” the Way Hounds Attack Foxes
    Yale Kamisar
    Academic Year 1983-84
  • Notes on the Bicentennial Constitution, Part I: The Processes of Constitutional Change
    William W. VanAlstyne
    Academic Year 1983-84
  • Civil Liberties and the Repression of Crime – The Other Side of the Balance
    John Kaplan
    Academic Year 1982-83
  • Freedom of the Press
    Archibald Cox
    Academic Year 1982-83
  • Defining “Religion” in the First Amendment
    Jesse H. Choper
    Academic Year 1981-82
  • Preventive Detention – Imprisonment Without Trial
    Samuel Dash
    Academic Year 1981-82
  • The Enforcement of the International Law of Human Rights and of Humanitarian Law
    Sean MacBride
    Academic Year 1980-81
  • Civil Courts and Civil Rights
    Daniel J. Meador
    Academic Year 1980-81
  • Some Reflections on Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
    Grant Gilmore
    Academic Year 1979-80
  • International Human Rights
    C. Clyde Ferguson, Jr.
    Academic Year 1979-80
  • The Civil Liberties Jurisprudence of Justice Rutledge
    Louis H. Pollack
    Academic Year 1978-79
  • The Philosophy of Louis D. Brandeis and Civil Liberties Today
    Nathaniel L. Nathanson
    Academic Year 1978-79
  • Justice Douglas and the First Amendment
    Vern Countryman
    Academic Year 1977-78
  • Felix Frankfurter, Civil Libertarian
    William T. Coleman, Jr.
    Academic Year 1977-78
  • Justice Robert Jackson – Impact of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
    Philip B. Kurland
    Academic Year 1976-77
  • Justice Hugo Black – Free Speech and the Declaration of Independence
    John P. Frank
    Academic Year 1976-77
  • Civil Right During Periods of Economic Stress: An Economic and Legal Perspective
    Harry T. Edwards
    Academic Year 1975-76
  • Civil Rights During Periods of Economic Stress: A Jurisprudential and Philosophical Perspective
    Charles L. Black, Jr.
    Academic Year 1975-76
  • The Judicial Quest for Criminal Justice: The Warren Court and the Criminal Cases
    Francis A. Allen
    Academic Year 1974-75
  • Affirmative Action in Vindicating Civil Rights
    William H. Hastie
    Academic Year 1974-75
  • The Judicial Process in Civil Liberties Cases
    Paul A. Freund
    Academic Year 1974-75
  • The Supreme Court’s Case Load: Civil Rights and Other Problems
    Erwin N. Griswold
    Academic Year 1973-74

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
    Governor 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" 
    Dick Armey
  • 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?" 
    Stephen Gillers
  • "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