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Lecture: 2014 Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor

March 4, 2014 12:10pm
Room 114


The Crisis of Law Schools: An Empirical and Global Perspective on the Current Debate

CLE: One (1) hour of general CLE has been applied for in Ohio. For questions, call the CLE Administrator at 513-556-0063.
Webcast: Watch webcast (available on March 4, 2014).

Professor Bryant Garth is the 2014 Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. He will present the lecture: The Crisis of Law Schools: An Empirical and Global Perspective on the Current Debate.

In his lecture, “The Crisis of Law Schools: An Empirical and Global Perspective on the Current Debate”, Professor Garth will provide a reading of the crisis that is different from most legal education critics, suggesting that most of the diagnoses and remedies do not make sense according to the data and that there is something to be learned from the move abroad to adopt elements of the U.S. model.  He will draw in part on the “After the J.D.” longitudinal study of the legal profession and will highlight what he considers the real challenges for legal education.


About the Speaker

Prior to joining the UC Irvine law faculty, Professor Garth served as Dean of Southwestern Law School (2005-2012), Director of the American Bar Foundation (1990-2004), and Dean of Indiana University – Bloomington School of Law (1986-1990).  He has held numerous leadership positions within the ABA and the AALS, currently serving on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the “After the J.D.” study and chairing the Advisory Committee of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE).  He also has served as a consultant to such entities as the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and major philanthropic foundations.


One of the leading international scholars on the legal profession, dispute resolution, globalization, and the rule of law, Professor Garth just finished a term as co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education and is the author or co-author of more than 20 books and 107 articles.  Two of his books, co-authored with Yves Dezalay, Dealing in Virtue (19960 and Asian Legal Revivals (2010), were given the Herbert Jacobs Award from the Law and Society Association as the best books in the field of Law and Society published that year. 


Proficient in four foreign languages, Professor Garth graduated with a B.A., magna cum laude, with highest honors in American Studies, from Yale University in 1972.  He earned a J.D. in 1977 from Stanford Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Journal of International Studies.  He went on to clerk for Judge Robert Peckham of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.  He then earned a Ph.D., European Doctorate in Law, in 1979 from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.  In 1979, Professor Garth joined the faculty of Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, where he taught civil procedure, legal profession, international and comparative law, and human rights.


About the Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
The Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law was endowed by Mr. Chesley in 2006 to bring outstanding legal scholars of national and international prominence in all areas of law to the College as visiting professors.