The Quinlan Lecture October 2009: Reva Siegel – “Race Talk and Ricci: The Court and the Confirmation Process”

Reva Siegel by Michael Marsland[Reva Siegel photographed by Michael Marsland]

Yale Law School’s Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Reva Siegel, will present the 2009 Quinlan Lecture in OCU LAW’s Homsey Family Moot Courtroom at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 29. Professor Siegel’s lecture is titled “Race Talk and Ricci: The Court and the Confirmation Process.”

Professor Siegel’s writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality, and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution. She is currently writing on the role of social movement conflict in guiding constitutional change, addressing this question in recent articles on reproductive rights, originalism and the Second Amendment, the “de facto ERA,” and the enforcement of Brown.

Her publications include On The Road To Roe v. Wade: How Americans Talked About Abortion in the Years Before the Supreme Court’s Landmark Ruling (forthcoming in 2010), The Constitution in 2020 (edited with Jack Balkin, 2009), Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (with Brest, Levinson, Balkin & Amar, 2006), and Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (edited with Catharine A. MacKinnon, 2004). Professor Siegel received her B.A., M.Phil, and J.D. from Yale University, clerked for Judge Spottswood Robinson on the D.C. circuit, and began her teaching career at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is active in the American Society for Legal History, the American Association of Law Schools, and the American Constitution Society in the national organization and as faculty advisor of Yale’s chapter.

The Quinlan Lecture is named for long-time OCU LAW professor Wayne Quinlan. Previous lecturers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Noah Feldman, Harvard law professor and senior advisor for constitutional law for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.