Yale Law Professor to Give the 2014 Quinlan Lecture


April 21, 2014

Brook Arbeitman
Director of Marketing and Communications
Oklahoma City University School of Law
(405) 208-6300

(OKLAHOMA CITY – April 21, 2014) – Oklahoma City University School of Law is pleased to welcome Judith Resnik, the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, as the 2014 Quinlan lecturer. Professor Resnik will give a public lecture April 23 at 5 p.m. in the Homsey Family Moot Courtroom (NW 23rd and Kentucky) titled “Inventing Democratic Courts.”

Professor Resnik’s lecture will be a discussion – through photographs and images – that shows the evolution of democratic courts. By looking at controversies about courthouse walls, Professor Resnik will track the transformation of courts into venues requiring egalitarian public interactions. She will also discuss evolving risks to judicial independence from private dispute and agency adjudication.

The lecture “Inventing Democratic Courts” is based on Professor Resnik’s most recent book Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms (with Dennis Curtis, Yale University, Press 2011). Representing Justice has received numerous awards including a 2014 Order of the Coif award, presented every two years in recognition of a book’s outstanding contributions to legal scholarship. Other awards for Representing Justice include the selection by The Guardian as one of the year’s best legal reads, two PROSE awards from the American Publishers Association for excellence in social sciences and in law/legal studies and a 2012 SCRIBES award from the American Society of Legal Writers.

At Yale, Professor Resnik teaches about federalism, procedure, courts, prisons, equality and citizenship. She has chaired the Sections on Procedure, Federal Courts and Women in Legal Education for the American Association of Law Schools (AALS). She is a Managerial Trustee of the International Association of Women Judges. Professor Resnik has received many awards and continues to occasionally litigate cases including Mohawk Industries Inc. v. Carpenter decided in 2009 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Quinlan Lecture is named for Oklahoma City University School of Law Professor Wayne Quinlan who taught at OCU from 1952 until his death in 1981. Professor Quinlan also had a distinguished private practice and served as a Special Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 1966 and 1967. His love for constitutional law and American history inspired the School of Law faculty to name this annual lecture in his honor. 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.


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To read more about Professor Resnik’s background, go to the 2014 Quinlan Lecture page.