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Speaker Series: Brendan F. Brown

The Brendan Brown lectures were established in 1986 through the generosity of Brendan Francis Brown, a former faculty member in the College of Law who highly valued scholarly discourse and the natural law, to sponsor a major annual lecture, colloquia, and other scholarly activities. Doctor Brown earned his law degree from Creighton University in 1924 and an LL.M. degree in 1925 from The Catholic University of America. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Law from Oxford University in 1932, having begun teaching at Catholic as an instructor in law. He served as the sixth dean of the law school at The Catholic University from 1949-54 and joined the faculty at Loyola in 1954. He retired two decades later, after a long and distinguished career as a prolific scholar and teacher, described by some as a "most exciting classroom performer," and ardent supporter of moot court activities, having coached the 1974 Loyola National Moot Court Team.

Brendan F. Brown
Brendan F. Brown
  • Mark Tushnet, Georgetown University Law Center, "Constitutional Theory and the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment" (1987)
  • Cornel West, Professor of Religion and Director of the Afro-American Studies Program, Princeton University, "Reassessing the Critical Legal Studies Movement" (1988)
  • Robert W. Gordon, Professor of Law, Stanford University "Critical Legal Studies as a Teaching Method" (1989)
  • Alan Watson, University of Pennsylvania, "Roman Law and English Law: Two Patterns of Legal Development" (1990)
  • Randall Kennedy, "The Campaign Against Political Correctness: The Herd of the Independent Mind" (1991)
  • Judge Edward Re, Distinguished Professor of Law at St. Johns University and Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States Court of International Trade (1993)
  • A.W.B. Simpson, Charles F. and Edith J. Clyne Professor of Law, University of Michigan, "Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Legacy of British Colonialism and the European Convention on Human Rights" (1995)
  • Honorable Morris Arnold, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, "Cultural Imperialism and the Legal System: Application of European Law to Indians in Colonial Louisiana" (1996)
  • Steven M. Griffin, W.R. Irby Chair and Rutledge C. Clement Jr. Professor in Constitutional, Brendan Brown Conference on Race and American Constitutionalism (1997)
  • Richard A. Epstein, James Parker Hall Distinguished Professor of Law in the University of Chicago School of Law, "Affirmative Action for the Next Millennium" (1997)
  • Randy E. Barnett, Georgetown University Law Center, "An Originalism for Non-originalists" (1999)
  • Jeremy J. Waldron, Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law and Director of the Center of Law and Philosophy at Columbia University School of Law, “Legislation by Assembly” (2000)
  • James J. White, Robert A. Sullivan Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School, "Default Rules in Sales and the Myth of Contracting Out" (2001)
  • Honorable Ellen Ash Peters, Former Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, "The Federalism Landscape" (2002)
  • Maria Pilar Perales Viscasillas, Professor at the University Carlos III of Madrid, "Unification of Contract Law in the European Union" (2003)
  • Kenneth Reid, Chair of Property Law, University of Edinburgh, "Scotland and Europe: A Tale of Two Common Laws" (2003)
  • Geoffrey Hazard, Director Emeritus ALI and Trustee Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, “Lawyers as Wise Counselor” (2003)
  • John V. Orth, William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “The Secret Sources of Judicial Power” (2004)
  • 2005 5 papers were presented, do we include all 5, none of them? See Vol 51 of LLR
  • Honorable Moon Landrieu, former Secretary, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, former Mayor, City of New Orleans and Judge, “The Civil Rights Struggle in New Orleans and Louisiana in the 1960s and 70s: An Oral History” (2007)
  • James Gordley, W. R. Irby Chair in Law, Tulane Law School, “Ius civile and Civil Codes: Lessons from the Romans”, (2008)
  • Jacques Ziller, Professor of European Union Law at the University of Pavia, Italia, “The Constitutionalization of the EU” (2009)
  • Robin P. Malloy, E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, “Adam Smith in the Courts of the United States” (2010)
  • James Thuo Gathii, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and the Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law at Albany Law School, “Food Sovereignty for Poor Countries in the Global Trading System” (2011)
  • Carlos Eduardo Japiassu, Professor of Criminal Law and International Criminal Law, State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, “The Role of Criminal Law in the Response to Serious Violations of Human Rights” (2012)
  • F. Russell Hittinger, Ph.D. Professor, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, “Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Joseph Ratzinger” (2014)
  • Richard Helmholz, Ruth Wyatt Rosenson Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, “Natural Law and Magna Carta” (2016)
  • Mark Suprenant, Partner, Adams and Reese, and 1977 Loyola alumnus, “Follow the Natural Law – Provide Access to Justice, Improve Someone Else’s Life (and Your Own)” (2017)
  • Dr. Hadley Arkes, Director of the James Wilson Institute on natural Rights and the American Founding and Emeritus Professor of Government and Philosophy in Amherst University, "Natural Law and the Surprise it still Offers" (2018)
  • John W. Cairns, Professor of Civil Law, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Law School, "Subjects, Citizens, and Persons: Natural Law and the Drafting of the Digest of the Civil Law of the Territory of Orleans" (2019)
  • Nathaniel Rich, "Losing Earth: A Recent History" (2019)
  • Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Samuel Weiss Faculty Scholar and Clinical Professor of Law, Penn State School of Law, "Immigration Enforcement in the Time of Trump" (2019)
  • Franita Tolson, Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, USC Gould School of Law, "Defining the Political Community of the Nineteenth Amendment" (2020)