“Death, Dogma, and the Rule of Law: A Prophetic Perspective,” With Cornel West
Philosophy professor and author Cornel West will join a conversation with Mark C. Jefferson, assistant dean for diversity, equity and belonging at the Law School. Dean Risa Goluboff will introduce the event. West is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary. He is professor emeritus at Princeton University and a former professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University. He has written 20 books and has edited 13, and is a recipient of the American Book Award. West was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1997 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999. Before joining UVA Law as its chief diversity officer, Jefferson was assistant dean of community engagement and equity at Harvard Law School. He has also served as assistant director of admissions at the University of Michigan Law School, as a middle school teacher and as a chaplain. Box lunches will be provided first-come, first-served at 12:45 p.m.
The Meador Lecture
The Meador Lecture on Law and Religion was inaugurated in 1997 to mark the retirement of Professor Daniel J. Meador from the University of Virginia law faculty. Supported by an endowed fund established through the generosity of Law School alumni and friends, the Meador Lecture is designed to promote the interdisciplinary study of law and religion. The lecture also seeks to explore the influence of religion on the development of law and the interplay of religion and law in the evolution of western civilization.
Professor Daniel J. Meador joined the UVA law faculty in 1957 after serving as law clerk to Justice Hugo L. Black and practicing law in Birmingham, Alabama. He was a Fulbright lecturer in England from 1965-66 and then served as dean of the University of Alabama Law School. He returned to UVA Law in 1970 as the James Monroe Professor of Law. During 1977-79, he was assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice.