33rd Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Warren Hall, Grace Courtroom

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Please note that the lecture has moved to Grace Courtroom.

Please join us for the 33rd presentation of the Nathaniel L. Nathanson Memorial Lecture Series:

"The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States" by Professor Robert A. Stein, University of Minnesota Law School


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

You are also invited to attend a memorial service for Professor Carl Auerbach on the same day at noon. 

About the Speaker
Robert A. Stein is the Everett Fraser Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. From 1979 to 1994, Stein was the Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School and was the first William S. Pattee Professor of Law from 1990 to 1994. Stein was first appointed to the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School in 1964, and served as the University's Vice President for Administration and Planning from 1977 to 1979. Stein has also taught at the University of Chicago Law School (1975-76) and at the University of California, Los Angeles Law School (1969-70). From 1994 to 2006, Stein was the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the American Bar Association (ABA). 

Stein is currently a Delegate in the ABA's House of Delegates since 2007. He is a Commissioner from Minnesota to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), and has served as National President of the ULC from 2009-11. Stein is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), and served on the Council of the ALI for 25 years. He has served as Advisor to several of the Institute's Restatements. Stein has held many leadership positions in the London-based International Bar Association, including Co-Chair of the Rule of Law Action Group from 2011-14.

Stein has published eight books and more than fifty articles in legal periodicals. His two most recent books are The Rule of Law in the 21st Century: A Worldwide Perspective, which he co-authored with Justice Richard Goldstone of the South African Constitutional Court, published in 2016 and Forming a More Perfect Union: A History of the Uniform Law Commission, published in 2013.

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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.

Professor Robert Stein

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