SAVE THE DATE: February 20, 2020
2020 David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
James E. Pfander
Owen L. Coon Professor of Law
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Free and open to the public. Lunch provided to lecture attendees.
James E. Pfander has focused his teaching and research on the role of the federal judiciary under Article III of the Constitution. His book, Constitutional Torts and the War on Terror (Oxford U. Press 2017), documents the failure of the federal courts to address the merits of the claims of individuals who were subjected to extraordinary rendition, military detention, and torture during the Bush Administration’s war on terror. Other books include One Supreme Court (Oxford Press 2009); Civil Procedure (7th ed. 2018) (with Marcus, Redish & Sherman); Federal Courts (8th ed. 2018) (with Redish & Sherry); and Principles of Federal Jurisdiction (3d ed. 2017).
Pfander’s recent scholarship explores the history of constitutional remedies. Other recent work, including an ongoing book project, examines the role of non-contentious jurisdiction in a federal system otherwise largely devoted to the resolution of disputes between adverse parties; the forgotten distinction between “cases” and “controversies” in defining the work of the federal judiciary; the lessons available from Scotland’s civil-law-inflected approach to the problem of litigant standing; the origins and meaning of the anti-injunction act of 1793; and the possible influence of the Scottish judicial system on the structure of the federal court system. A member of the American Law Institute, Pfander recently concluded his work as reporter/consultant to the Federal-State Jurisdiction Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He has served as chair of both the federal courts and civil procedure sections of the Association of American Law Schools.
David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
The family and friends of David C. Baum endowed the David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights not only in his memory, but at his request.
Deep concern for the dignity and rights of all people was central to Professor Baum’s character and activities. After receiving his undergraduate and legal education at Harvard University, Professor Baum served as law clerk for Justice Walter V. Schaefer of the Illinois Supreme Court, 1959-60. He then practiced law with the Chicago firm of Ross, McGowan, Hardies and O’Keefe until he joined the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law in 1963.
Professor Baum was an inspiration to his student and colleagues, not only because of the excellence of his teaching, scholarship, and public service, but because of his remarkable human qualities. Conscientious and judicious, blending passion for justice with dispassionate objectivity, he inspired the highest level of discourse and endeavor in all who had the privilege of knowing and working with him.
It is hoped that the David C. Baum Memorial Lecture on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights will constitute a fitting memorial to a man whose unrelenting intellectual vigor and moral commitment made his presence in the world of law invaluable.