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Karlan to discuss constitutional law, Feb. 28

Strategies in Constitutional Law: Lessons for Getting 'The Least Dangerous Branch' Out of the 'Political Thicket'" is the topic of a lecture to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in 104 Computer Science Building.

Pamela Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford University , will deliver the James Moffett '29 Lecture in Ethics. A reception in the lobby will follow.

Karlan teaches courses on civil rights, political participation and civil procedure. She clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun at the U.S. Supreme Court from 1985-86 and served as assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund from 1986-88.

Karlan has conducted extensive pro bono litigation on behalf of civil rights and civil liberties groups, associations of black elected officials and reproductive rights groups in the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state courts. During the 2000 presidential election crisis, she appeared frequently on television, explaining election law and the political process on "Nightline," "News Hour with Jim Lehrer" and "Good Morning America." Recent publications she has co-written include "When Elections Go Bad: The Law of Democracy and the Presidential Election of 2000" and "Civil Rights Actions: Enforcing the Constitution."

The Moffett Lectures are offered by the University Center for Human Values .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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