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Barrett Lecture on Constitutional Law: Former Solicitor General Drew Days

Wednesday, November 14

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Lecture at 4pm.
Reception at 5pm.

Drew Days IIIThe 2012 Edward L. Barrett, Jr., Lecture on Constitutional Law will feature Former Solicitor General Drew S. Days III.

Drew S. Days III is the Alfred M. Rankin Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. He joined the faculty in 1981. At Yale, his teaching and writing have been in the fields of civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, Supreme Court practice, antidiscrimination law, comparative constitutional law, and international human rights. He was the founding director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for Human Rights at Yale Law School in 1988 and served as its director until 1993. He has been a staff member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Carter Administration, and U.S. Solicitor General in the Clinton Administration. Professor Days is an honors graduate from Hamilton College and received his LL.B. degree from Yale.

Drew Days will deliver a talk entitled, "Equalizing Equality: The Canadian Record After Three Decades of Constitutionally-Authorized Affirmative Action."  In 1982, Canada adopted the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, essentially its first comprehensive national "Bill of Rights." In part, as a critical response to the intense controversy in the U.S. at that time over affirmative action and broad Canadian disapproval of the Bakke decision, Canada included in the Charter a provision that authorizes "any law, program or activity that has as its object the amelioration of conditions of disadvantaged individuals or groups including those that are disadvantaged because of race, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability." Three decades later, while remaining true to the substantive equality values that this provision embodies, Canadian Society continues to debate the appropriate terms and conditions under which such affirmative action should be permitted.

The Edward L. Barrett, Jr., Lectureship on Constitutional Law was established in 1986 to mark the retirement of King Hall's founding dean, Edward L. Barrett, Jr., and the Law School's 20th anniversary.

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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This event is free and open to the public. FREE MCLE event. Please click HERE to RSVP. 


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