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2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Lecture

Monday, January 28, 2019,

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  • Location: Vanderbilt Law School • 131 21st Ave South • Nashville, TN 37203
  • Room: Flynn Auditorium

L. Song RichardsonPlease join the Dean's Office of Vanderbilt Law School as we welcome L. Song Richardson, the Dean and Chancellor's Professor of Law of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, for the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture titled, "The Enduring Legacy of Racial Bias: Past, Present and Future."

Dean L. Song Richardson, succeeding founding Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, became dean of UCI Law, effective Jan. 1, 2018. She previously served as interim dean. An award-winning teacher and scholar, Dean Richardson’s interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study criminal procedure, criminal law and policing. Currently, she is working on a book that examines the legal and moral implications of mind sciences research on policing and criminal procedure.  Her scholarship has been published by law journals at Yale, Cornell, Northwestern, Southern California, and Minnesota, among others. Her article, “Police Efficiency and the Fourth Amendment” was selected as a “Must Read” by the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Her co-edited book, The Constitution and the Future of Criminal Justice in America, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.  Dean Richardson’s legal career has included partnership at a boutique criminal law firm and work as a state and federal public defender in Seattle, Washington. She was also an Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Immediately upon graduation from law school, she was a Skadden Arps Public Interest Fellow with the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles and the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Unit in Brooklyn, NY. She has been featured in numerous local and national news programs, including “48 Hours.”  Dean Richardson is the 2011 Recipient of the American Association of Law School’s Derrick Bell Award, which recognizes a junior faculty member’s extraordinary contribution to legal education through mentoring, teaching, and scholarship. She frequently presents her work at academic symposia as well as at non-academic legal conferences. She is a member of the American Law Institute. The event is free and open to the public:  lunch will be served