Suffolk University Law School Hosts Donahue Lecture Series


BOSTON, MA - In 1980, the Suffolk University Law Review instituted a lecture series to commemorate the Honorable Frank J. Donahue, former faculty member, trustee, and treasurer of Suffolk University Law School. Now, 24 years later, the tradition continues with three outstanding academics and speakers. For the 2004-2005 academic year, Suffolk University Law School welcomes The Hon. Rosemary Barkett, Professor Jack M. Balkin, and Professor Charles R. Lawrence III.

All lectures are held at Sargent Hall, Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont Street, Boston. For directions or additional information, please contact Suffolk University Law Review at 617.573.8180 or online at

The Honorable Rosemary Barkett
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
“The Tyranny of Labels”
Thursday, October 14, 2004

Prior to her appointment as a US Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 1994, Rosemary Barkett was the first woman Justice on the Florida Supreme Court, sitting as an Associate Justice from 1985 until 1992, when she was chosen by her colleagues to become the state’s first woman Chief Justice of that court. Prior to her elevation to the bench, Judge Barkett was in private practice from 1971 until 1979 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Born in Mexico, Judge Barkett began her career as a school teacher. As a member of a religious teaching order, she taught both elementary and junior high school before earning a BS, summa cum laude, from Spring Hill College and her JD from University of Florida Law School.

Jack M. Balkin
Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School
Director, the Information Society Project, Yale Law School.
“Disturbing the Universe: How Social Movements Change the Constitution”
Thursday, March 3, 2005

Jack M. Balkin received his JD from Harvard Law School and his PhD from Cambridge University. Following law school he clerked for the Honorable Carolyn D. King of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and practiced as an attorney at Cravath, Swaine, and Moore in New York City before entering the legal academy. He is the founder and Director of Yale’s Information Society Project, an interdisciplinary center for the study of law and the new information technologies.

A prominent legal theorist and constitutional scholar, Professor Balkin’s work ranges over many different fields, from philosophy to politics, from theories of cultural evolution to legal and musical interpretation. He is the author of over seventy scholarly articles and has written op-eds and commentaries for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He also runs a weblog, Balkinization at

Charles R. Lawrence III
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
“Race, Democracy, and Education”
Thursday, April 14, 2005

Charles R. Lawrence III is best known for his work in anti-discrimination law, equal protection, and critical race theory. His most recent book, We Won’t Go Back: Making the Case for Affirmative Action (Houghton Mifflin 1997), is co-authored with Georgetown Law professor Mari Matsuda. He practiced law with Public Advocates, a San Francisco public interest law firm, and in 1974 began his law teaching career at the University of San Francisco Law School. From 1986 to 1993 he was professor of law at Stanford Law School and in 1993 he joined the Georgetown faculty. In 2000 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Haverford College and he received the Society of American Law Teachers award for outstanding contributions to law teaching in 2003. He is a graduate of Haverford College and Yale Law School.

For nearly 100 years, Suffolk University Law School, in the heart of downtown Boston, has remained one of the most respected names in legal education. Its expansive curriculum—more than 200 upper-level elective courses, specialty concentrations, joint-degree programs and an LL.M. in global technology—enables students to gain a strong academic foundation. A wide range of hands-on experience, including clinical programs, internships and moot court competitions, provides students the practical skills necessary to succeed. Suffolk Law's diverse and supportive community comes together in Sargent Hall, which was dedicated in 1999 and is among the country’s most inspiring, modern and technologically advanced settings for the study of law.

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