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Madison Lecture Series: Judge Lee Rosenthal

Start/End Monday, November 12, 2012 12:10 PM EST -- 01:10 PM EST
Location Name JG 103

The Federalist Society invites you to "Rules, Rulemaking, and Lessons of Life:  The Story of 'Shall,'" a talk by the Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Since 1938, courts, lawyers, and litigants have struggled over when it is constitutional, fair, and sensible to have a court decide a case and stop it from proceeding to a jury trial.  The most recent efforts to clarify the rule resulted in a robust and --- yes --- dramatic debate about the proper roles of a judge and jury and the impact of court rules on different kinds of litigants and claims, such as civil rights cases involving thinly financed plaintiffs.

Judge Rosenthal was appointed to the district court in 1992. She has served as the chair of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and she now  chairs the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, making her eminently qualified to talk on this topic.  Please join us for this lecture in the Second Annual Madison Lecture Series on  judicial Engagement. Non-pizza lunch will be served. Contact: Matthew Collins, matthew.collins@law.columbia.edu