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UCLA Law dean to lecture at IU Maurer School of Law on the future of public legal education

Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A distinguished legal scholar and expert on educational policy will deliver the Jerome Hall Lecture at the IU Maurer School of Law on Wednesday, March 21.

Rachel Moran is dean and Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. Previously she was a professor of law at University of California Berkeley School of Law and a founding faculty member of the UC Irvine School of Law. Moran is the first Latina dean of a top 20 U.S. law school and a former president of the Association of American Law Schools.

The title of Moran's talk is "Clark Kerr and Me: The Future of the Public Law School." Kerr rose to national prominence after World War II as the visionary leader who ensured that the University of California would become a world-class system of public higher education. Kerr's legacy has come under pressure as state funding for colleges and universities has been reduced, a phenomenon that is occurring in other states, including Indiana.

As state support declines and tuition increases, the value of a separate system of public law schools is receiving heightened scrutiny. In her lecture, Moran will contend that public legal education has a proud and distinctive tradition that demands loyalty. She will explore those traditions and offer reasons to be hopeful about the core commitments that have been the essence of public law schools.

Jerome Hall was an internationally recognized faculty member at the IU Maurer School of Law from 1939 to 1970. He was recognized for his interdisciplinary analysis of legal issues.

Moran's lecture will begin at noon in the Maurer School of Law's moot court room, 211 S. Indiana Ave., Bloomington. It is free and open to the public.