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Wayne Law to Host Gibbs Lecture, Oct. 29

October 16, 2007

DETROIT (Oct. 16, 2007) – Wayne State University Law School will proudly host the Gibbs Lecture titled “Coase and Footnote 4: How We Learned – and Unlearned – the Lessons of 20th Century Jurisprudence” at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, in Classroom 1525 of the Law School located at 471 Palmer St., Detroit. 

Steve Winter, the Walter S. Gibbs Professor of Constitutional Law at Wayne Law, will explore some of the social factors that contributed to a shift to doctrinal, formalist and rule-oriented approaches to law at the Supreme Court and in the academy, and how that development belies the most profound lessons of 20th century economics and constitutional law.

“Wayne State University Law School is proud to offer the Gibbs Lecture,” said Wayne State University Law School Dean Frank H. Wu. “Professor Winter is a well known authority on constitutional law and will provide attendees with a comprehensive and insightful lecture.”

Professor Winter joined the Law School in 2002 where he teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, and a variety of seminars on topics in legal theory. Before coming to Wayne State, he was a member of the faculty at Brooklyn Law School (1997-2002) and the University of Miami School of Law (1986-1997). He has also taught at American University’s Washington College of Law and the Cardozo, Rutgers-Newark, and Yale Law Schools.

After law school, Professor Winter clerked for Judge Paul R. Hays of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. From 1978 to 1986, he served as an Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., where he litigated a wide range of civil rights cases concerning prisoners’ rights, employment discrimination, school desegregation, police violence, capital punishment, habeas corpus jurisdiction, discrimination in the military, and attorneys’ fees. While at LDF, he worked on more than a dozen Supreme Court cases including brief and argument in Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985), the landmark case holding the common law fleeing felon rule unconstitutional.

In addition, Professor Winter is the author of numerous articles on constitutional law and legal theory, including The Metaphor of Standing and the Problem of Self-Governance, Bull Durham and the Uses of Theory, An Upside/Down View of the Countermajoritarian Difficulty, The “Power” Thing, Melville, Slavery, and the Failure of the Judicial Process and, most recently, What Makes Modernity Late?. His book, A Clearing in the Forest: Law, Life and Mind (Univ. Of Chicago Press 2001), is the first systematic attempt to assess cognitive science’s implications for law and legal theory.

Parking for the lecture is available in Structure #1, across from the Law School, at the corner of Palmer Street and Cass Avenue, for $3.50.  For more information on this or other upcoming Law School events, please contact a representative in the Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3933 or visit the Law School online at www.law.wayne.edu.

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