32nd Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture

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Date and Time

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.





  • 5:30 p.m. — Doors open
  • 6 p.m. — Presentation
  • 7 p.m. — Reception

Please join us for the 32nd presentation of the Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Series:

Constitutional Personae: Same-Sex Marriage and Beyond

About the Speaker

Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. From 2009 to 2012, he served as the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. From 2013 to 2014, he served on the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. He is author of many books, including Nudge (2008, with Richard Thaler), Choosing Not to Choose (2015), and Constitutional Personae (forthcoming 2015).


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About the Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Series

This lecture series was established in 1984 to honor Nathaniel L. Nathanson, an esteemed law professor who devoted his life to the law and legal education. The series brings distinguished speakers to the University of San Diego to discuss issues of national significance.

Nathanson, a graduate of Yale University, Yale Law School and Harvard Law School, served as law clerk to the Honorable Julian Mack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as to the Honorable Louis D. Brandeis of the Supreme Court of the United States. He taught law at Northwestern University School of Law from 1936 to 1977, where he was named professor emeritus. That same year, he was named a distinguished professor of law at the University of San Diego. He spent alternate semesters at the two law schools until his death in 1983. Also receiving the benefit of his wisdom were Stanford University, Rutgers University, the University of Washington, Arizona State University and the University of Tokyo.

Nathanson was best known for his work in the areas of administrative law, constitutional law, civil liberties, international law and human rights. In these and other areas, he authored or served as editor of seven books and published almost 100 major articles, reviews and papers. He continued to pursue these interests through service to government, the American Society of Legal Studies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Constitutional Convention of Palau, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith.

The University of San Diego greatly benefited from the presence of this eminent professor and is pleased to present this lecture series in his memory.

Cass R. Sunstein

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