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Oct. 2, 2007

Legal scholar Chemerinsky to preview Supreme Court term in law school lecture

Legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky will kick off the U.S. Supreme Court's new term this month when he previews the court's upcoming docket in a lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in Room 245 of the Boyd Law Building at the University of Iowa.

The lecture will also be Chemerinsky's first public speaking engagement since his controversial re-hiring as the founding dean of the new law school at the University of California-Irvine. The lecture is sponsored by the UI chapter of the American Constitutional Society.

Chemerinsky's lecture, "The Roberts Court: Review and Preview," will be free and open to the public.

"We feel lucky to have such an intellectual heavyweight visiting the law school and are excited about the opportunity to hear his thoughts on what we can expect for the coming Supreme Court term," said Michael Pratt, a UI law student and spokesman for the American Constitution Society.

As is its tradition, the Supreme Court begins its 2007-08 term this week, opening on the first Monday in October.

Chemerinsky, an outspoken advocate for liberal causes, is one of the country's leading constitutional scholars and has authored a treatise on constitutional law widely used by law students around the country. An expert in the First Amendment, civil rights and liberties, hate crimes and legal ethics, Chemerinsky is a frequently quoted media analyst and contributor to op-ed pages at many newspapers. He has also litigated many high-profile legal cases.

Chemerinsky was hired earlier this year as the founding dean of the Donald Bren School of Law at UC-Irvine, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2009. However, the university rescinded the offer Sept. 11 under what was perceived to be pressure from prominent Republicans in California to block the appointment because of his liberal views.

UC-Irvine faculty objected to the firing on academic freedom grounds, and after several days of vocal protests, the university rehired Chemerinsky Sept. 17.

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