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The Law School regularly hosts prominent speakers to help ensure King Hall students hear a variety of perspectives on current legal issues. These lectures and symposia keep King Hall at the leading edge of legal education.

Over the years, many distinguished speakers have come to King Hall for the following lectures and symposia. Video of these events can be found on our webcast page.

Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment

The Central Valley Foundation and UC Davis School of Law established the Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture to promote discussion and understanding of First Amendment issues.

The Central Valley Foundation (CVF) was established by the late James B. McClatchy, publisher of The McClatchy Company newspapers from 1987 to 2005. CVF supports organizations and education programs dedicated to: the protection and promotion of First Amendment rights; the advancement of academic achievement of English Learners at public elementary schools in California's Central Valley; and the enhancement and preservation of quality of life in the Central Valley.

Lecturers have included Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, former University of Chicago Law Dean Geoffrey Stone, and Pamela S. Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School.

Fenwick & West Lecture Series in Technology, Entrepreneurship, Science, and Law (TESLaw)

To support the excellent programs, offerings, and leadership provided by the UC Davis School of Law, Fenwick & West is sponsoring the TESLaw Lecture Series, a five-year program of annual symposia. Topics have included such cutting-edge issues as patent reform, social networking, personalized medicine, and clean technology.

Click on the highlighted link above to learn more about this exciting series of events.

Edward L. Barrett, Jr. Lectureship on Constitutional Law


In recent years, the Barrett Lecture has featured speakers such as former Solicitor General Drew S. Days III, Justice W. Scott Bales of the Arizona Supreme Court, and Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  

This endowed lecture was established in 1986 to mark the retirement of King Hall's founding dean, Edward L. Barrett, Jr., and the Law School's twentieth anniversary.

Professor Barrett is a nationally renowned constitutional law and criminal procedure scholar and teacher. He has published two books, one of which is his widely-used Constitutional Law: Cases and Materials (7th ed. 1985), and articles in leading law reviews across the country.

He was born in Wellington, Kansas, in 1917, and raised in Utah, receiving a bachelor's degree from Utah State University in 1938. He entered UC Berkeley School of Law in 1938, graduating first in his class in 1941. Professor Barrett worked with the California Judicial Council before joining the U.S. Navy in 1942. Professor Barrett joined the Berkeley faculty in 1946 and became professor of law in 1950. In 1957 he served for six months as special assistant to the Attorney General in Washington, D.C., where he assisted the development of the Civil Rights Act of 1957 - the first major civil rights legislation since the Civil War. He was a Guggenheim Scholar in 1964 and became the first dean of UC Davis School of Law that same year.

Over the years, Professor Barrett has engaged in many other professional activities and remains an important member of the King Hall community.

Brigitte M. Bodenheimer Lecture on Family Law

Recent Bodenheimer Lectures have featured Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Law Chair, University of Houston Law Center; Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Professor of Law and the Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht Scholar at the University of Iowa; and former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos R. Moreno.

Established in 1981 in memory of Professor Brigitte M. Bodenheimer, this endowed lecture brings scholars and practitioners to UC Davis School of Law to discuss recent developments affecting the family.

Professor Bodenheimer was an internationally renowned teacher, scholar, and reformer of the law. She is especially remembered for her work as Reporter of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA), which was enacted in all 50 states, and for her service as a United States delegate in the drafting of the Hague Convention of October 25, 1980, on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Born in Berlin in 1913, Brigitte Bodenheimer received a doctorate of laws degree from the University of Heidelberg in 1934. She then studied at Columbia University and the University of Washington, where she received her second law degree in 1936. Following her graduation, she worked for the Federal Public Housing Authority in Washington, D.C. In 1947, she and her husband, Professor Edgar Bodenheimer, moved to Utah, where she undertook a broad range of professional and legislative tasks, including a far-ranging revision of the Utah juvenile court law. Professor Bodenheimer joined the law faculty of the University of Utah in 1962. In 1966, she moved to Davis with her family.

During her first years at UC Davis School of Law, she drafted the UCCJA and completed studies on child custody law and adoption law for the California Law Revision Commission. From 1972 until her retirement in 1979, she served as professor of law, teaching in the fields of family law and community property law. Professor Bodenheimer died in 1981.