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

Wednesday, September 29

King Hall
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


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Pamela KarlanThe inaugural Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment will feature Pamela S. Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School. She will deliver a lecture discussing the recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance, television in the courtroom, and the rights of citizens who sign initiative petitions entitled "The Court, The Closet, and The First Amendment."

A noted scholar and award-winning teacher, Pamela S. Karlan is also the founding director of the school's extraordinarily successful Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the Court. One of the nation's leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission and as an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Professor Karlan is the co-author of three leading casebooks on constitutional law and related subjects, as well as more than four dozen scholarly articles. She is a widely recognized commentator on legal issues.

Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1998, she was a professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the Supreme Court of the United States and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Law Institute.

The Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture has been established to discuss First Amendment issues. Pamela Karlan's lecture will kick off the five-year lecture series. The lecture will begin at 4:00PM in the Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom at King Hall followed by a reception at 5:00PM.

MCLE Credit
This activity is approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour, which applies to the elimination of bias credit. The University of California, Davis, School of Law (MCLE Provider #1127) certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing
minimum continuing legal education. Registration for MCLE credit will begin 30 minutes before the start of the lecture

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