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.

  • Professor Henry T. Greely
    Neuroprediction: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications for the Elderly

  • Professor Robert Sitkoff
    Revocable Trusts and Incapacity Planning: More than Just a Will Substitute
  • Professor Lawrence O. Gostin
    Governing for Health as the World Grows Older: Challenges and Opportunities for Healthy Lifespans in Aging Societies
  • Professor Daniel Shaviro
    Should Social Security and Medicare Be More Market-Based?
  • Professor Martha Albertson Fineman 
    The 'Elderly' as Vulnerable: Rethinking the Nature of Individual and Societal Responsibility

  • Professor Jacob Hacker
    Healthcare, Retirement, and the New Economic Landscape for Older Americans
  • Professor Peter H. Schuck
    The Golden Age of Aging – and It’s Discontents
  • Professor Olivia S. Mitchell 
    New Challenges for Retirement Risk Management
  • Professor Jon Pynoos 
    Aging in Place, Housing, and the Law
  • Dr. Sally L. Satel 
    When Altruism Isn't Enough: The Worsening Organ Shortage, What It Means for Seniors, and What To Do About It
  • Laura Watts 
    Parallel Systems, Second-Class Citizens: The Failure of Elder Abuse Legislation
  • Professor James M. Poterba (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
    Individual Decision Making and Risk in Defined Contribution Plans
  • Dr. Marilyn Moon, American Institute for Research 
    The Future of Medicare as an Entitlement Program
  • Professor Daniel Halperin (Harvard University) 
    Employer-Based Retirement Income – the Ideal, the Possible, and the Reality
  • Professor Fernando M. Torres-Gil (University of California at Los Angeles)
    The New Aging: Individual and Societal Responses
  • Dr. Mark Weisbrot (Center for Economic and Policy Research) 
    Demographic Tidal Waves and Other Myths: Social Security and Medicare
  • Dr. Joshua M. Wiener (Urban Institute) 
    Federal and State Initiatives to Jump Start the Market for Private Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Gail Thetford (Illinois Department of Aging) 
    Regulating Assisted Living Facilities
  • Senator Paul Simon
    Seniors and Minorities in America
  • Professor Robert Eisner (Northwestern University)
    Don’t Sock the Elderly, Help Them: Old Age is Hard Enough

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. 

  • Professor Annette Gordon-Reed
    Black Citizenship in the Age of Ferguson
  • Professor Pamela S. Karlan
    The End of the Line: Marriage Equality and Racial Equality at the Supreme Court
  • Professor Heather K. Gerken
    Windsor’s Mad Genius: The Interlocking Gears of Rights and Federalism
  • Professor Daniel J. Solove
    “Big Surveillance: What the NSA Is Doing, Why It Matters, and How to Address It”
  • Professor Kenneth Mack
    "Reconsidering the Role of Law in the Civil Rights Movement"
  • Michael J. Perry
    Why Excluding Same-Sex Couples from Civil Marriage Violates the Constitutional Law of the United States

  • Douglas Laycock
    The Conflict Over Religious Liberty

  • Professor Lawrence Lessig
    The Other Side to Madison's Dilemma: When the Problem of Civil Rights Becomes the Problem of Minority Factions
  • The Honorable Vaughn R. Walker
    Moving the Strike Zone

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

  • Harold Hongju Koh, Steling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School
    A New Approach to International Law Making in the 21st Century
  • Ray LaHood, Former US Department of Transportation Secretary
    Bipartisanship in Government
  • EEOC Commissioner Chai R. Feldblum
    Gender Equity: 50 Years After Passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Senator Tom Daschle
    The Affordable Care Act – A New Paradigm For U.S. Health Law
  • Former U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow
    The Complicated but Vital Relationship: The US and Mexico
  • Ambassador Nicholas Burns 
    America’s Future Global Challenges
  • Ambassador Craig Kelly
    America’s Future Global Challenges
  • Secretary William Cohen 
    The Perils and Promise of the New World
  • Admiral James Loy 
    "Homeland Security: Then and Now
  • Ambassador Marc Grossman 
    American Diplomacy for the 21st Century
  • Governor James Blanchard 
    The Role of a Congressman, Govenor and Ambassador
  • Senator George J. Mitchell 
    America's Role in the World in the 21st Century
  • General Joseph W. Ralston, USAF (Ret) 
    U.S. National Security in Today's International Environment 
  • Dick Armey 
    The Instrumental Value of Sloppy Work in Making Legislation 
  • The Honorable John Paul Stevens 
    Two Questions of Justice

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.

  • Adam Liptak
    The Roberts Court at Ten: A Reporter's Reflections
  • Professor Gillian Hadfield
    Reimagining Law
  • Richard Susskind, OBE
    The Future of Lawyers
  • Professor William Henderson
    Human Capital Accounting for Lawyers
  • Fred H. Bartlit, Jr. (’60)
    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
  • Professor Stephen Wizner 
    Is Learning to Think Like a Lawyer Enough?
  • Stephen F. Molo (’82) 
    Why Lawyering Matters
  • The Honorable Patrick J. Schiltz 
    Can a Bad Person be a Good Judge?: The Inevitable Impact of Faith and Values on Judicial Decisions
  • Professor Carrie J. Menkel-Meadow 
    Process for People, Power or Peace?: The Purposes and Empirical Realities of Procedure
  • Professor Judith Resnik 
    Places of Power: From Renaissance Town Halls to Guantanamo Bay
  • Stephen Gillers 
    Do Lawyers Share Moral Responsibility for Torture at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib? 
  • David B. Wilkins 
    Black Chicago Lawyers
  • The Honorable Jack B. Weinstein 
    The Overlapping Roles of Criminal, Administrative, and Tort Law in Providing Compensation for Mass Private Delicts
  • Lawrence C. Marshall 
    The Quest for Accuracy in our Criminal Justice System
  • Anthony Kronman
    Is the Law a Profession?
  • Thomas D. Morgan
    The Evolving Concept of Professional Responsibility: 20 Years Later
  • Jeffrey O’Connell
    The Beam in Thine Eye: Judicial Attitudes Toward “Early Offers” Tort Reform
  • Paul D. Carrington
    A Practice of Law as a Public Profession