Endowed Lectures

James L. Huffman Lecture Series in Honor of the Western Resources Legal Center (WRLC)

October 30, 2018

Diarmuid O'Scannlain Diarmuid O'ScannlainDiarmuid O’Scannlain, Senior U.S. Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, delivered “19th Century Indian Treaties and 21st Century Environmental and Natural Resources: Is There a Connection?”

Made possible by an endowment established by lead donors Dan Harmon ’85, Kirk Johansen, Rick Sohn, and Steven Wildish ’85

Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Series

January 22, 2019

Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson, an honorary graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, acknowledged injustices some still experience today, 50 years after the civil rights movement. She shared a video of Martin Luther King Jr. broadcasting his inspiring message of hope and perseverance—a message that remains fresh and relevant.

Made possible by an endowment from Jacqueline Alexander JD ’07 and Lee Matthews BS ’71, JD ’73

Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson Credit: Nina Johnson

Justice Anthony Kennedy Lecture Series

November 14, 2018

High-profile journalist Jeffrey Toobin spoke to a packed house about the Kavanaugh Supreme Court appointment, campaign finance, and the possibility that Roe v. Wade coud be overruled. A legal analyst for CNN, bestselling author, and staff writer for The New Yorker, Toobin is one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media, and the law.

Jeffrey Toobin Jeffrey Toobin

Higgins Distinguished Visitor Lecture Series

March 11, 2019

Don Ayer Don AyerDon Ayer delivered “The Subversive Side of Textualism and Original Intent.” Ayer served as deputy attorney general in the Justice Department during the George H.W. Bush administration and principal deputy solicitor general during the Reagan administration. An outspoken commentator, Ayer has been critical of candidate and President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.

Made possible by an endowment from the Lorene Sails Higgins Charitable Trust