The regular curriculum at Yale Law School is augmented by a host of events that enrich legal education and scholarship. Distinguished speakers—lawyers, judges, public figures, government officials, scholars, and other prominent individuals—are invited by faculty members, student organizations, and academic programs within the School to give talks or participate in panel discussions on a wide variety of topics throughout the year. Conferences sponsored or cosponsored by the School or by its faculty or students address issues of legal import both here and abroad. Additionally, an abundant resource of endowed funds allows the School to invite many specially designated fellows who not only give lectures but also spend time mentoring students with similar academic or professional interests.
A sampling of the endowed lecture programs from the 2015–2016 academic year follows:
The Robert P. Anderson Memorial Lecture provides a forum for distinguished judges to speak on matters of general importance to law and society. Patricia Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia delivered the lecture, titled “Repairing the House Divided: Lawyers as Healers.”
The Judge Jon O. Newman Lectureship supports an annual lecture in global justice, or public international, human rights, or comparative law, by a distinguished individual who is not a citizen of, and does not reside in, the United States. Susanne Baer of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany gave the lecture, titled “Rights under Pressure: Practicing Constitutional Law in Turbulent Times.”
The John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Fellowship brings to the Law School a leading expert in securities law or accounting for business enterprises to deliver a public lecture. Niall Ferguson, Professor of History at Harvard University, gave the lecture, titled “Risk Management in Finance and Geopolitics: A Tale of Two Silos.”
The Sherrill Lectureship brings distinguished visitors with special expertise in problems of international law and international relations. Jack Goldsmith ’89, Professor at Harvard Law School, delivered the lecture, titled “The Obama Administration’s Contributions to the Practice and Theory of International Law.”
The James A. Thomas Lectures are given by scholars whose work addresses the concerns of communities or groups currently marginalized within the legal academy or society at large. Kaaryn Gustafson, Professor of Law at UC–Irvine School of Law, gave the lecture, titled “Bastardy, Debt, and Social Control.”
The Judge Ralph K. Winter Lectureship on Corporate Law and Governance supports lectures on corporate law and governance and related topics. Leo Strine, Jr., Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, delivered the lecture, titled “Corporate Power Ratchet: The Courts’ Role in Eroding ‘We the People’s’ Ability to Constrain Our Corporate Creations.”
Other named lecture and fellowship programs at Yale Law School include the following:
The Timothy B. Atkeson Environmental Practitioner in Residence Program brings to the Law School practitioners from a variety of environmental law practice settings to lecture, teach seminars, and counsel students on career opportunities.
The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights are awarded annually to two Yale Law School graduates pursuing projects devoted to the advancement of human rights around the world.
The Robert M. Cover Lectureship in Law and Religion brings speakers to Yale to explore the historical, philosophical, sociological, and literary intersections between law and religion.
The Ralph Gregory Elliot First Amendment Lectureship provides for lectures, preferably on an annual basis, on some aspect of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The John Hart Ely Fellowship Lecture on Professional Responsibility highlights research and teaching in the field of ethics and professional responsibility.
The Fowler Harper Memorial Fund and Fellowship brings to Yale Law School a prominent person who has made a distinguished contribution to the public life of the nation.
The Samuel and Ronnie ’72 Heyman Lecture on Public Service is part of a gift that also supports the Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Program.
The Kronman-Postol Lectureship supports lectures related to law and the humanities.
The Arthur Allen Leff Fellowship brings to Yale Law School individuals whose work in other disciplines illuminates the study of law and legal institutions.
The Charles S. Mechem, Jr. Fellowship provides for lectures and other presentations by senior corporate executives to foster an understanding of decision making in the business environment.
The Robert H. Preiskel and Leon Silverman Program on the Practicing Lawyer and the Public Interest sponsors lectures and other events celebrating private lawyers’ contributions to the public interest.
The Storrs Lectures, established in 1889, constitute one of Yale Law School’s oldest and most prestigious lecture programs. They are given annually by a prominent scholar who discusses fundamental problems of law and jurisprudence.
Other special guest lecturers in 2015–2016 included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who spoke on “The Court and the World.” Giuliano Amato, former Prime Minister of Italy and judge of the Italian Constitutional Court; Chris Coons ’92, U.S. Senator from Delaware; and Boudewijn Sirks, Emeritus Regius Professor of Civil Law at University of Oxford, gave Dean’s Lectures. Amato spoke on “The Judges’ Job: Protecting Liberty or Equality?”; Coons’s lecture was titled “The United States Senate: A Frank Conversation”; and Sirks spoke on Roman Law. T. Alexander Aleinikoff ’77, Deputy High Commissioner in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, gave the 2015–2016 Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice; his lecture was titled “Rethinking the International Refugee Regime.” Catherine Lhamon ’96, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, gave the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights.
The Solomon Center held its inaugural conference on “The New Health Care Industry: Integration, Consolidation, Competition in the Wake of the Affordable Care Act,” which was attended by more than seven hundred people and included a keynote address by Kathleen Sebelius, former secretary of health and human services and former governor of Kansas. Student organizations hosted events on Law & Inequality, Food Systems, Rebellious Lawyering and Environmental Law, as well as the annual Doctoral Scholarship conference. The work of Professor Jerry Mashaw was spotlighted in a conference on administrative law, and Professor Bob Ellickson organized a symposium on comparative land use law. Annual symposia for Critical Race Theory, Liman Project, and Debating Law and Religion were also held, as well as a Bernstein Symposium on Art and Human Rights in collaboration with JUNCTURE, a yearlong initiative on the topic. The Information Society Project held a number of events, including on the First Amendment, the Obergefell decision, and “Unlocking the Black Box.”
Yale Law School is shaped by the intellectual interests of its faculty and students. Those interests find expression not only in the established curriculum and other academic opportunities, but also in new activities that emerge from time to time.
Global Health Justice Partnership
The Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) is a program hosted jointly by Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health that tackles contemporary problems at the interface of global health, human rights, and social justice. The GHJP is pioneering an innovative, interdisciplinary field of scholarship, teaching, and practice, bringing together diverse thought leaders to collaborate on research, policy projects, and academic exchanges.
The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights at Yale Law School
The Gruber Program at the Law School consists of four core components: (1) the Global Constitutionalism Seminar, (2) a distinguished lecture series, (3) postgraduate fellowship program, and (4) support for clinical and experiential learning initiatives. The Global Constitutionalism Seminar is an annual event in which Supreme Court and constitutional court judges from around the world meet with faculty members to discuss issues of common concern. The two Gruber Distinguished Lectures in Global Justice and Women’s Rights are signature lectures featuring pathbreakers in those fields. The lectures are often accompanied by complementary events, which may include panel discussions, faculty workshops, class visits, and University activities such as College Teas in the residential colleges. The Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women’s Rights allow recent graduates of Yale graduate and professional schools to spend a year working on practice-based projects of their own design in the fields of global justice and/or women’s rights. Through the Gruber Project for Global Justice and Women’s Rights, the program also supports a number of hands-on clinical and experiential learning opportunities. Gruber Project initiatives have included litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of refugees and women veterans.
The Information Society Project
The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School was created in 1997 to study the implications of the Internet and other new information technologies for law and society. It is the umbrella program for related organizations, including the Knight Law and Media Program, the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, and the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice. Since 2009, the ISP has hosted the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA). MFIA is a Law School clinic dedicated to increasing government transparency, defending the work of news gatherers, and protecting freedom of expression through impact litigation, direct legal services, and policy work. The ISP’s work has focused on freedom of speech, democracy, globalization, access to knowledge, and the growth and spread of culture on the Internet. In past years ISP fellows have studied the free speech implications of filtering and rating systems, legal protections for privacy on the Internet, democracy and civic participation in cyberspace, the civil liberties implications of telecommunications design, biotechnology and access to medicines, and the evolution of cultures and ideologies. The ISP has held scholarly conferences on a range of subjects including censorship; access to knowledge; the Internet and globalization; privacy; journalism; intellectual property; and cybersecurity. The ISP embraces a variety of activities, including fellowships for young scholars; publication of academic and policy papers; and advice and education for policy makers, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, and the legal community. Professor Jack Balkin is the director and founder. Rebecca Crootof ’11, ’16 Ph.D., is the executive director. Additional information on the ISP is available at http://isp.yale.edu.
The Justice Collaboratory
The Justice Collaboratory brings together scholars and researchers of diverse theoretical and methodological orientations at Yale University and elsewhere to work on issues related to institutional reform and policy innovation and advancement. Its operational theory is “big science, big policy.” Using this approach, the collaboratory utilizes theory, empirical research, and targeted clinical trials to achieve its goal of making the components of criminal justice operation simultaneously more effective, just, and democratic.
Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization
The Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization at Yale Law School brings prominent scholars of Islam to the Yale campus for public lectures, seminar discussions, visiting fellowships, and visiting professorships. The center is directed by Sterling Professors Owen Fiss and Anthony Kronman. For more information on the center’s activities, including the Abdallah S. Kamel Lectures on Islamic Law and Civilization, visit www.law.yale.edu/kamel.
The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program
The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program was established in 1997 by family and friends of the late Arthur Liman ’57 to honor his commitment to public interest law. The program is supported today by many others who share these commitments.
The Liman Program sponsors workshops, colloquia, programs, and research and advocacy projects for current law students. The weekly Liman workshop, “Human Rights, Incarceration, and Criminal Justice Reform,” considered the strategies of criminal justice reform movements in spring 2016. The Liman Program also provides fellowships for Yale Law School graduates working in the public sector, and it helps to support summer fellowships for students at Barnard, Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman, Stanford, and Yale.
Through the Law School postgraduate fellowships, the Liman Program funds graduates to do full-time work in an ongoing or start-up project devoted to the public interest. Examples include work on behalf of workfare recipients, criminal defendants, prisoners, persons with disabilities, migrant workers, the elderly, and immigrants. Including the 2016–2017 awards, the Liman Program has supported more than 115 fellows at some ninety public interest organizations.
Both fellows and current law students participate in workshops as well as plan the annual Liman Colloquium, which over the years has addressed “The Future of Legal Services,” “Valuing Low-Wage Workers,” “Welfare ‘Reform’ and Response,” “Organizing, Reorganizing: Public Interest in Individual and Global Contexts,” “Accessing Justice/Rationing Law,” and “Detention on a Global Scale: Punishment and Beyond.” In spring 2016, “Moving Criminal Justice” brought together academics, advocates, students, and prison administrators to consider how law, organizing, media, and advocacy can be successfully deployed in criminal justice reform, and to what ends.
Since its establishment, the range of programs funded by the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program has reflected the breadth of interests, concerns, and commitments of Arthur Liman. While working as a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, and providing counsel to a range of corporate and individual clients, Liman also led several major institutions devoted to providing services to those who could not afford lawyers, including the Legal Aid Society of New York, the Legal Action Center, the Vera Institute for Justice, Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem, and the New York State Capital Defenders Office. He also was chief counsel to the New York State Special Commission on Attica Prison and special counsel to the United States Senate Committee Investigating Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition.
The Arthur Liman Professor of Law is Judith Resnik. The director of the Liman Program is Anna VanCleave, and the Senior Liman Fellow in Residence is Laura Fernandez.
Middle East Legal Studies Seminar
The Middle East Legal Studies Seminar is an annual meeting convened by the Law School in a Middle East country or nearby venue. Occasionally the seminar meets in New Haven. It was created to provide a forum in which influential scholars and opinion leaders from the legal communities of the Middle East could exchange ideas and form productive working relationships. Every year, roughly fifty lawyers, judges, and academics from the region meet with Yale professors and students to discuss an agreed-upon topic of common importance. Recent topics have included the concept of political legitimacy, history and identity, and the causes and consequences of current unrest in the Middle East.
The John M. Olin Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy
The Olin Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy is designed to facilitate the scholarly interests of the many distinguished law and economics scholars at Yale, including Professors Ackerman, Ayres, Calabresi, Ellickson, Hansmann, Jolls, Klevorick, Kronman, Listokin, Macey, Markovits, Mashaw, C. Priest, G. Priest, Romano, Rose, Rose-Ackerman, Schuck, Schwartz, and Winter. The center supports the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; a Working Paper Series; and the Law, Economics, and Organization Workshop, at which scholars from other institutions and from Yale present papers for student and faculty criticism. The center also provides an umbrella for two programs: the Program in Civil Liability, established to promote comprehensive reanalysis of the modern law of torts, products liability, professional malpractice, insurance, and other subjects related to our civil liability system; and the Program for Studies in Capitalism, which supports research on the operation of capitalism as a mechanism of economic growth, the ethical bases of capitalism, and the relation between capitalism and the poor, and between capitalism and democracy. The center’s codirectors are Professors George L. Priest and Susan Rose-Ackerman.
The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights
The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights was established at Yale Law School in 1989 to honor Orville Schell, a distinguished New York City lawyer and partner at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed who was vice chairman of Helsinki Watch and chairman of Americas Watch from its founding in 1981 until his death in 1987. The Schell Center provides a forum for international human rights practitioners to consider the theoretical issues their work entails and for scholars studying human rights to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue. At the same time, it offers law students and graduates diverse opportunities to apply the lessons they are learning in the classroom to further the cause of human rights and to examine human rights practice critically. In addressing these needs, the Schell Center seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of international human rights issues, to equip lawyers and other professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to advance the cause of international human rights, and to assist human rights organizations in their efforts to promote respect for human rights.
The Schell Center conducts the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic every term. It provides a number of fellowship opportunities for summer and postgraduate human rights experience and for carrying out scholarship while in residence at the Law School. The center also supports the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal and student projects related to human rights.
Throughout the academic year, the Schell Center sponsors frequent lectures, panels, symposia, and informal discussions on a wide range of human rights issues. Events in 2015–2016 addressed such topics as “The Fight to Abolish the Death Penalty in Asia, Africa and the Americas,” “The Colombian Peace Process,” and “Navigating Women’s Human Rights at the United Nations.” Speakers at the center’s biweekly Human Rights Workshop included Lech Garlicki, former judge of the European Court of Human Rights; Michael B. Gerrard, Professor and Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, and Chair of Faculty, The Earth Institute; and Jennifer (JJ) Rosenbaum, Legal Director for the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.
A yearlong series, JUNCTURE, explored the intersections between arts and human rights. The Schell Center hosted several visiting artists, who collaborated with students on research projects as part of a seminar on arts and human rights. Speakers included Alfredo Jaar, a Chilean artist known for his large-scale installations exploring human conflict. The center’s annual conference, the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Symposium, also took up arts as its subject.
As it does each year, the Schell Center held a human rights career panel and sponsored several panels of Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellows, who spoke about their experience and the issues raised by their summer work. The 2015 Kirby Simon Fellows worked at organizations around the world, including the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria; Human Rights Watch (Morocco); the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project (United States); El Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (Mexico); Legal Resources Centre (South Africa); Helpers for Domestic Helpers (Hong Kong); the European Court of Human Rights; and the Supreme Court of India.
The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights, inaugurated in 1997, funds several recent Yale Law School graduates annually for a year of full-time human rights advocacy work. The 2015–2016 Bernstein Fellows worked for Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, a Haitian public interest law firm pursuing legal claims of victims of human rights violations; with the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, researching litigation strategies to advance the right to health in Uganda; and with Human Rights Watch, focusing on the intersection of children’s rights and LGBT rights.
The Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship also funds recent Yale Law School graduates to do full-time human rights work, particularly with appropriate international or foreign courts and tribunals and intergovernmental human rights agencies. The 2015–2016 Robina Fellows worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State; as policy adviser in the U.S. Mission to the United Nations; and for Accountability Counsel, which provides legal support to communities around the world negatively affected by internationally financed projects.
Each summer, the Schell Center provides students with funding for international human rights work. In 2015 Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellowships, supported by the Robina Foundation, allowed students to spend all or part of the summer engaged in human rights internships or research in fourteen countries, including the United States.
The center invites scholars and advocates to visit the Law School as fellows to conduct research, teach seminars, and meet with students. The Tom and Andi Bernstein Fellows in 2015–2016 were Adam Michnik and Michael Reed Hurtado. Michnik, a long-time Polish dissident, was a prominent Solidarity activist and spent a total of six years in Polish prisons for activities opposing the communist regime. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s first independent newspaper and now the country’s highest-circulating daily newspaper. Reed Hurtado is a Colombian/U.S. journalist and lawyer with more than twenty years of experience in the field of transitional justice and human rights, particularly in Latin America. Robina Fellows were JJ Rosenbaum, Policy Director for the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice, and Nicholas Robinson ’06, a scholar on the legal profession who worked and taught in India for seven years prior to his return to the United States.
The Robert M. Cover–Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights Law spends two to three years at the Law School, working on all aspects of the center’s work, including supervision of the Lowenstein Clinic. The Cover-Lowenstein Fellow for 2016–2017 is Alisha Bjerregaard ’08, who spent five years working in East Africa on women’s rights.
The directors of the Schell Center are Professors Paul W. Kahn and James J. Silk. The executive director is Hope Metcalf. The Schell Center’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School
The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School is the first of its kind to focus on the intersection of law and the governance, business, and practice of health care in the United States. The center brings together leading experts and practitioners from the public and private sectors to address cutting-edge questions of health law and policy, and to train the next generation of top health lawyers, industry leaders, policy makers, and academics.
The center was established to meet a critical need for a new academic and legal-professional discipline that responds to the rapidly evolving environment of health care and its centrality in the nation’s economy and government. The center’s programming includes many course offerings, both academic and experiential; career planning; academic research, policy work, and litigation briefs; and numerous high-profile panels and conferences that bring academic, government, and business leaders in health care to the Law School. It hosts academic visitors from all disciplines to enrich its programming and course offerings and to actively support student research, field work, and publications. More information is available at www.law.yale.edu/solomon-center.
The Paul Tsai China Center
Founded by Professor Paul Gewirtz in 1999 as the China Law Center, the Paul Tsai China Center is the primary home for activities related to China at Yale Law School. The center is a unique institution dedicated to helping advance China’s legal reforms, improving U.S.-China relations, and increasing understanding of China in the United States. In interaction with research and teaching at Yale, the center works collaboratively with top experts in Chinese universities, government, and civil society on projects in areas such as judicial reform, administrative and regulatory reform, and public interest law. The center’s work also includes efforts to improve U.S.-China relations more broadly, especially through dialogues with Chinese counterparts that bring together former senior government officials from both countries to address a broad range of economic, security, and political issues in the U.S.-China relationship. As the foundation of all these projects, the center staff undertakes teaching, research, and writing that seek to contribute to the education and training of a younger generation and more widely advance understanding of China and U.S.-China relations. Yale Law School students are involved in all aspects of the center’s work.
In March 2016, Yale Law School received a gift of $30 million in honor of its distinguished alumnus, the late Dr. Paul C. Tsai ’54 LL.M., ’57 J.S.D., to support the continuing work of the Law School’s China Center. This gift was given by his son, Joseph C. Tsai ’86 B.A.,’90 J.D. In recognition of this gift, the center was renamed the Paul Tsai China Center.
More information is available at www.law.yale.edu/china-center.
The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy
The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, a joint undertaking with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, seeks to incorporate fresh thinking, ethical awareness, and analytically rigorous decision-making tools into environmental law and policy. In addition to its research activities, the center also aims to serve as a locus for connection and collaboration by all members of the Yale University community interested in environmental law and policy issues. The center supports a wide-ranging program of education, research, and outreach on local, regional, national, and global environmental issues. These efforts involve faculty, staff, and student collaboration and are aimed at shaping academic thinking and policy making in the public, private, and NGO sectors. One of the center’s flagship products is the biennial Environmental Performance Index (http://epi.yale.edu), which ranks countries on performance indicators tracked across policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality.
The center facilitates a joint-degree program in which master’s students at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies can additionally pursue a law degree from Yale Law School, Vermont Law School, or Pace Law School. Undertaken separately, these two degrees would take five years to complete. Together, students can earn both degrees in four years. The center provides research, educational, career development, and social opportunities for students enrolled in the joint program as well as others affiliated with the center.
For additional information on the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, visit http://envirocenter.yale.edu.
The Yale Center for Law and Philosophy
The Yale Center for Law and Philosophy was founded in 2005 as a joint venture of the Law School and the Yale Philosophy department. It aims to encourage advanced work, including research degrees, at the interface of philosophy and law. Members of both faculties are affiliated with the center, as are a number of visitors. The center’s programs include regular workshops and conferences, attracting leading philosophers of law from around the world. The center also supports a postdoctoral fellowship, which provides substantial funding for research. The center also helps to coordinate courses across the Law School and the Philosophy department. Professor Scott Shapiro is the director. More information is available at www.law.yale.edu/centers-workshops/yale-center-law-and-philosophy.
The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges
The Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges is an independent center that bridges the divide between the legal academy and legal practice on global legal issues. It provides a forum where academic experts and students regularly interact with public and private sector actors responsible for addressing global legal challenges. By bringing these communities together, the center aims to inject new ideas into legal policy debates and grow a new generation of lawyers with a sense of their capacity and responsibility to use international law, foreign affairs law, and national security law to address real challenges facing the nation.
The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law
The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law was established in 1999 to promote teaching and research in the business law area. The center’s focus of study is wide-ranging, reflecting the shifting priorities of the business and regulatory environment. It includes corporate and commercial law and the law of other nongovernmental organizations; the regulation of financial markets and intermediaries; the legal framework of finance, including the law of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization; and antitrust law and the law of regulated industries.
The center hosts annually the Weil, Gotshal & Manges Roundtable, a one-day event on the issues of the day, and two endowed lectures, the John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Fellowship Lecture and the Judge Ralph K. Winter Lectureship on Corporate Law and Governance. Throughout the year, the center sponsors the Bert W. Wasserman Workshop in Law and Finance, which invites scholars from other universities to present their current research, and additional lectures, panels, and symposia at the Law School. It also organizes the Craig Wasserman ’86/Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Breakfast Program panels for alumni in New York City and the Marvin A. Chirelstein Colloquium on Contemporary Issues in Law and Business. The colloquium, which is organized either as a lunch lecture series over the year or as a limited-enrollment seminar, seeks to convey to students a broad spectrum of career experiences through presentations by distinguished alumni and other members of the bar, judiciary, government, and investment and business communities.
Professor Roberta Romano is the center’s director. Nancy Liao is the John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell executive director. The center has a board of advisers, chaired by Robert Todd Lang ’47, with vice chairman Robert J. Giuffra, Jr. ’87. Faculty members serving on the center’s executive committee are Ian Ayres, Amy Chua, Henry Hansmann, Christine Jolls, Alvin Klevorick, Anthony Kronman, John Langbein, Yair Listokin, Jonathan Macey, Daniel Markovits, Noah Messing, John Morley, Robert Post, George Priest, and Alan Schwartz.
For additional information on the center’s upcoming and past activities, the business law curriculum at the Law School, and joint-degree programs with the School of Management, including the three-year J.D.-M.B.A. degree program, which the center supports, visit http://ccl.yale.edu.
The Yale Law School Center for Private Law
The Yale Law School Center for Private Law serves as a focal point for work in private law at the Law School and, more generally, at the University. The center, which brings together scholars, students, and practicing lawyers from throughout the United States and internationally, promotes the interdisciplinary study of private law, with a special emphasis on economically informed philosophical, sociological, and doctrinal scholarship. The center engages students, scholars, and practicing lawyers in a wide range of venues, including roundtables, guest lectures, seminars, intensive reading weekends, and other activities.
Yale Law School Latin American Legal Studies
Several initiatives are designed to increase knowledge at Yale of Latin America and to strengthen democratic institutions and practices there. The Latin American Linkage Program is a summer exchange of law students from Yale, two universities in Chile, one in Argentina, and four in Brazil. During the summer, Yale students spend a month in Chile, Argentina, or Brazil, meeting leading legal academics, practitioners, and government officials and working with Latin American law students in small study groups. In the spring, students from the Latin American partner schools visit Yale for a three-week behind-the-scenes look at legal education at Yale, sitting in on classes, giving presentations, participating in study groups, and meeting with faculty and students in a range of academic and social settings. In addition, leading legal scholars from throughout Latin America, the Caribbean Basin, Spain, and the United States meet each June for the Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política (SELA), a three-day seminar exploring the foundational ideas of constitutional democracy. SELA is cosponsored by Yale and a number of other law schools in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain and represents the hub of the Latin American Legal Studies program. From SELA are chosen the people entrusted with the programming and care of Yale students in the Latin American Linkage Program, as are the translators for the Colección Yale-Palermo de Ciencias Jurídicas, the Spanish-language book series of works by Yale Law faculty. The group also advises the faculty directors in the selection of speakers for the Law School’s in-house Latin American Series. The last and most recent initiative of the Latin American Legal Studies program at Yale is the International Arbitration Breakfast Roundtables, which hold seminars for lawyers in Latin American practice on the emerging trends in the field of international arbitration and their implications for domestic and international law. Professor Daniel Markovits is the faculty director, and Professors Owen Fiss, Claire Priest, and Cristina Rodríguez are codirectors. Additional information on Latin American Legal Studies at Yale is available at www.law.yale.edu/centers-workshops/yale-law-school-latin-american-legal-studies.
Opportunities for Study in Legal History
The study of legal history occupies an important place in the Law School’s curriculum. Recent, current, and future offerings include courses on the history of the common law, constitutional history, American legal history, European legal history, Chinese legal history, the history of the administrative state, the history of criminal procedure, the history of property, and the history of the laws of war. Faculty from the Yale Department of History offer further courses in South Asian legal history, the legal systems of antiquity, and more. Seminars and lectures by outside scholars supplement the regular curricular offerings. An informal legal history program brings together students and faculty interested in legal history; it includes students and faculty from the Law School and the Yale Department of History as well as from elsewhere within and outside the University. The Law School encourages advanced study and original research in the history of law. A few students pursue the joint J.D.-Ph.D. Program in History or in American Studies.
Each year the Law School has in residence a small number of visiting researchers engaged in nondegree research. Visiting researchers may audit up to two courses per term (with the consent of individual instructors) and make use of library facilities for their work. Each visiting researcher is charged a registration fee. For the academic year 2016–2017 the fee is $4,000 per term, or $8,000 per academic year. No financial aid is available from the Law School for participants in this program.
The visiting researcher application is available on the Law School Web site at www.law.yale.edu/vr. Applications must include the application form; a résumé or CV; a description of the proposed research, including a statement explaining why Yale Law School is a particularly appropriate affiliation for the proposed work; two letters of recommendation; official transcript(s) of the applicant’s academic record; the proposed length and dates of stay; an official TOEFL report, unless the applicant’s undergraduate education or law degree was completed in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or Canada (in a school where English is the medium of instruction); and the $75 application fee. Official transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. All documents must be in English or accompanied by certified English translation.
Application deadlines are April 1 for the fall term and September 1 for the spring term.
Fellowships for Postgraduate Research
Yale Law School offers a number of fellowships for alumni interested in pursuing careers in public interest law or academia. The Yale Law School Public Interest, Bernstein, Liman, Heyman, Gruber, Ford Foundation, and Robina Fellowships, among others, support work in various types of public interest positions. The Cover Fellowships, as well as fellowships affiliated with a number of centers and programs, are available for alumni interested in careers in law teaching. For a complete list of fellowships, visit www.law.yale.edu/currentfellowships.