Pamela S. Karlan, one of the nation's leading experts on voting and the political process, presented the 2008 John Field Simms/Alumni Association Memorial Lecture on March 6 in the UNM School of Law Forum.
The topic of her lecture, "What Can Brown Do for You?" focused on a current debate about the significance of Brown v. Board of Education, a 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down official racial segregation of public schools.
Karlan is founding director of Stanford Law School's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, in which students litigate live cases before the nation's high court. She is co-author of three leading casebooks on constitutional law and related subjects, as well as, more than 48 scholarly articles. She is a widely recognized commentator on legal issues and is frequently featured on programs such as the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
The John Field Simms Memorial Lecture was established in 1954 by Albert Simms in memory of his brother, John, who had served on the New Mexico Supreme Court, as a UNM regent and was a highly respected trial lawyer. The UNM School of Law Alumni Association now donates funds annually to support the Simms lecture series, enabling it to be held every other year.