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Free Speech & Election Law, Litigation, and Professional Responsibilities & Legal Education Practice Groups Podcast
Eugene Volokh June 06, 2016

The American Bar Association (ABA) model rules of conduct have long wrestled with regulating the intersection of discrimination and the law of lawyering. The current model rules forbid discrimination in the practice of law only as a comment to the prohibition on lawyer conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. After much discussion and pressure, the ABA has proposed expanding the language to become new model rule 8.4 (g). If enacted, this rule would prohibit (in its own right) discrimination or harassment by a lawyer engaged in the practice of law against a list of protected classes, including ethnicity, gender identity, and marital status. Perhaps anticipating a challenge, the new rule's comment states that the new rule does not apply to non-lawyer conduct or activities protected by the first amendment and also exempts times when references to such protected groups and facts are needed to effectively represent a client. However, this new rule would apply to all conduct at primarily firm and legal events, including firm related social events.

What is discrimination or harassment over socioeconomic status? Since this rule applies to social settings, where is the line to be drawn and what chilling effect might be created? What about free speech and free association?

Featuring:

  • Prof. Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Political Correctness on Campus - Event Audio/Video

Stanford Intellectual Diversity Conference
Pamela S. Karlan, Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Richard H. Sander, Zachary Price April 13, 2016

Political correctness in the classroom can be seen as a consequence of a lack of political diversity in the university. How does political correctness affect research, and teaching? Is political correctness all that bad, or does it have a proper place in academia? Professors Pam Karlan, Richard Sander, and Nicholas Rosenkranz discuss.

This panel was presented at the Stanford Intellectual Diversity Conference on Friday, April 8, 2016, at Stanford Law School.

Political Correctness on Campus

  • Prof. Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School
  • Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Prof. Richard H. Sander, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Moderator: Prof. Zachary Price, Associate Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law

Stanford Law School
Stanford, CA

A Conversation on Intellectual Diversity - Event Audio/Video

Stanford Intellectual Diversity Conference
Larry Kramer, Michael W. McConnell, Bernadette Meyler, Michael Rubin April 13, 2016

Why make a big deal out of intellectual diversity in academia, anyway? What are its advantages? What are its disadvantages? Is it a goal worth pursuing at the expense of others? Dean Larry Kramer and Professor Michael McConnell debate these points and others.

This panel was presented at the Stanford Intellectual Diversity Conference on Friday, April 8, 2016, at Stanford Law School.

Keynote Conversation

  • Dean Larry Kramer, President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Lecturer in Law and Former Dean, Stanford Law School
  • Prof. Michael McConnell, Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director, Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School
  • Moderator: Prof. Bernadette Meyler, Carl and Shelia Spaeth Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Introduction: Mr. Michael Rubin, Co-President, Stanford Student Chapter

Stanford Law School
Stanford, CA

Student Perspectives on Intellectual Diversity in Academia - Event Audio/Video

Stanford Intellectual Diversity Conference
R. Sohan Dasgupta, Roland Nadler, Ilan Wurman, Jud Campbell, Jonathan Mondel April 13, 2016

The proper education of America’s youth is arguably the most important social responsibility the university has. But does a lack of intellectual diversity in school create pedagogical issues? Our panel of current and former law students weighs in.

This panel was presented at the Stanford Intellectual Diversity Conference on Friday, April 8, 2016, at Stanford Law School.

Student Perspectives on Intellectual Diversity in Academia

  • Dr. R. Sohan Dasgupta, University of California, Berkeley
  • Mr. Roland Nadler, Fellow, Center for Law and Biosciences, Stanford Law School
  • Mr. Ilan Wurman, Associate, Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Moderator: Mr. Jud Campbell, Executive Director and Research Fellow, Constitutional Law Center, Stanford Law School
  • Introduction: Mr. Jonathan Mondel, Co-President, Stanford Student Chapter

Stanford Law School
Stanford, CA

Recent Research in Intellectual Diversity - Event Audio/Video

Stanford Intellectual Diversity Conference
M. Elizabeth Magill, Eugene B. Meyer, James Lindgren, James C. Phillips, Jon A. Shields, G. Marcus Cole, Jonathan Mondel, Michael Rubin April 13, 2016

To foster meaningful discourse on intellectual diversity in academia, it is important to begin with the facts. Is there a lack of intellectual diversity in academia? How big is the problem? Professors Jim Lindgren, James Phillips, and Jon Shields review some of the latest research on the subject.

This panel was presented at the Stanford Intellectual Diversity Conference on Friday, April 8, 2016, at Stanford Law School.

Opening Remarks

  • Dean M. Elizabeth Magill, Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean, Stanford Law School
  • Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President, The Federalist Society
  • Introduction: Mr. Jonathan Mondel, Co-President, Stanford Student Chapter
  • Introduction: Mr. Michael Rubin, Co-President, Stanford Student Chapter

Recent Research in Intellectual Diversity

  • Prof. James T. Lindgren, Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Prof. James C. Phillips, Former Visiting Professor, BYU Law School
  • Dr. Jon A. Shields, Associate Professor, Claremont McKenna College
  • Moderator: Prof. G. Marcus Cole, William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Stanford Law School
Stanford, CA