Inaugural Distinguished Lecture
The Louisiana Bar Foundation's (LBF) inaugural Distinguished Lecture took place on Friday, October 19 at the Louisiana Supreme Court building. Professor Drew S. Days III spoke to an audience of lawyers, professors, judges and justices on "The First Amendment in the Time of War: Civil Liberties in Troubled Times." A reception followed in the Louisiana Supreme Court Museum and a dinner was held in Professor Days honor at Antoine's Restaurant later that night.
The Distinguished Lecture is a project of the LBF's Judicial Liaison Committee. The committee serves as the liaison between the bench and bar to support and enhance professionalism and civility and also has oversight of the lecture series. The committee is chaired by Tina Crawford White and Judge Sylvia Cooks serves as Board Liaison to the committee.
Professor Drew S. Days III, is the Alfred M. Rankin Professor at Yale Law School. At Yale, his teaching and writing have been in the fields of civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, Supreme Court practice, antidiscrimination law, comparative constitutional law (Canada and the United States) and international human rights. A graduate of Hamilton College and Yale Law School, Professor Days served on the staff of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund from 1969 to 1977. From 1977-1980, he was the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Carter Administration. Professor Days has been a member of the Yale Law Faculty since 1981, with the exception of a three-year stint (1993-1996) as the Solicitor General of the United States in the first Clinton Administration. Since 1997, he has been of counsel to Morrison & Foerster, heading the Supreme Court and appellate group in its Washington, D.C. office.