The Marks Lectures Series

About the Annual Marks Lecture

The Marks Memorial Lectures were established in 1979 to enrich the curriculum of the College of Law by bringing to it the scholarship and learning of eminent persons in various fields of law. The Lectures are held annually and published under the auspices of The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.


The College of Law is grateful to the late Judge Jack Marks and his wife, Selma Skora Paul, a 1956 graduate of The University of Arizona College of Law, for their generous support in endowing the lecture series in memory of his father, Isaac Marks.


Judge Jack Marks graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1935 and practiced law in New York and Arizona. He was appointed Pima County’s first Superior Court Commissioner serving until 1965 when he became a judge. He retired from that position in 1980 having served, with distinction, the State of Arizona. Judge Marks died in 1983.

The 35th Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Senator Mark Udall
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 5:30-6:30 PM
Topic: "It's 2015: Why Are We Still Debating Torture?"
Location:James E. Rogers College of Law, Ares Auditorium, Room 164, Tucson, Arizona

The James E. Rogers College of Law is pleased to announce that Senator Mark Udall will deliver the 2015 Marks Lecture. Colorado resident and native westerner Mark Udall represented the people of Colorado in the U.S. Senate from 2009 through 2014 and the 2nd Congressional District from 1999 to 2008. He also served one term in the Colorado State Legislature as a member of the General Assembly from 1997 to 1999, representing the 13th District, which encompassed the community of Broomfield and parts of southern and western Boulder County. Sen. Udall is known for reaching across party lines to solve problems and for his willingness to work with people, including those with whom he has philosophical differences. He has championed bipartisan legislation to balance the nation's budget, protect our public lands and establish a tough, but smart, national security policy. Sen. Udall, who served on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, led the bipartisan effort to rein in the NSA's dragnet collection of Americans' personal data. He also has been an unwavering advocate for strong, independent oversight of the CIA. He was one of the leading advocates for releasing the Senate Intelligence Committee's study of the CIA's detention and interrogation program.
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The 34th Annual Marks Lecture
Speaker: Associate Justice Goodwin Liu California Supreme Court
Date/Time: January 23, 2014
Topic: Justice and the Distribution of Educational Opportunity
Location:James E. Rogers College of Law, Ares Auditorium, Room 164, Tucson, Arizona

Justice Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. He was confirmed to office by a unanimous vote of the California Commission on Judicial Appointments on August 31, 2011, following his appointment by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on July 26, 2011. The Governor administered the oath of office to Justice Liu in a public ceremony in Sacramento, California on September 1, 2011.

Before joining the state’s highest court, Justice Liu was Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). His primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has published widely on these subjects in books, law reviews, and the general media.

The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Justice Liu grew up in Sacramento, where he attended public schools. He went to Stanford University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1991. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a masters degree in philosophy and physiology. Upon returning to the United States, he went to Washington D.C. to help launch the AmeriCorps national service program and worked for two years as a senior program officer at the Corporation for National Service.

Justice Liu graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, becoming the first in his family to earn a law degree. He clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he developed and coordinated K-12 education policy. He went on to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 Term. In 2001, he joined the appellate litigation practice of O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C., and worked on an array of antitrust, white collar, insurance, product liability, and pro bono matters.

Justice Liu is a prolific and influential scholar. He has published articles on constitutional law and education policy in the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, among others. His 2006 article, “Education, Equality, and National Citizenship,” won the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, conferred by the Education Law Association. Justice Liu is also a popular and acclaimed teacher. In 2009, he received UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s most prestigious honor for individual excellence in teaching. He earned tenure at Boalt Hall in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Dean. The Boalt Hall Class of 2009 selected him as the faculty commencement speaker.

Justice Liu serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Excellent Education, the American Constitution Society, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Public Welfare Foundation. In 2008, he was elected to the American Law Institute. He has also served as a faculty advisor to the California College Prep Academy, a public charter school co-founded by UC Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools.

Justice Liu is married to Ann O’Leary, Director of the Children and Families Program at the Center for the Next Generation. They have two children.

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The 33rd Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Martha Nussbaum
Date/Time: January 28, 2013
Topic: The New Religious Intolerance
Location:James E. Rogers College of Law, Ares Auditorium, Room 164, Tucson, Arizona

Martha Nussbaum received her BA from NYU (1969) and her MA (1971) and PhD (1975) from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard, Brown, and Oxford Universities. From 1986 to 1993, Ms. Nussbaum was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University. She has chaired the American Philosophical Association's Committee on International Cooperation, the Committee on the Status of Women, and the Committee for Public Philosophy.
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The 32rd Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Prof. Carol Sanger
Date/Time: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Topic: About Abortion: Meaning and Methodology
Location:James E. Rogers College of Law, Ares Auditorium, Room 164, Tucson, Arizona

Carol Sanger is the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.  She received her B.A. degree in 1970 from Wellesley College and her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1976.  She began teaching at the University of Oregon, taught at Santa Clara University Law School, visited at Stanford Law School, and joined the Columbia faculty in 1996.  Professor Sanger now also holds a position as Senior Research Fellow at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. 
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The 31st Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Erwin Chemerinsky
Date/Time: Thursday, March 8, 2011
Topic: Supreme Court Review
Location:James E. Rogers College of Law, Ares Auditorium, Room 164, Tucson, Arizona

Erwin Chemerinsky (born May 14, 1953) is an American lawyer and law professor. He is a prominent scholar in United States constitutional law and federal civil procedure. He is the current and founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, which began classes in the fall semester of 2009.

He then earned a bachelor's degree in communication from Northwestern University in 1975 where he competed as a debater and then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1978.

Chemerinsky taught for over twenty years at the University of Southern California Law School and at DePaul University College of Law before moving to Duke University on July 1, 2004, and then UC Irvine in July 2008.
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The 30th Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Donald Kennedy, Ph.D. President Emeritus of Stanford University; Bing Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Emeritus; and Senior Fellow by courtesy, Woods Institute for the Environment
Date/Time: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Topic: “Climate Change Science and the Public: What's Wrong? ”
Location:James E. Rogers College of Law, Ares Auditorium, Room 164, Tucson, Arizona

Donald Kennedy received A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in biology from Harvard in 1956 and has served on the faculty of Stanford University from 1960 to the present. During his time at Stanford University, he served as Chair of the Department of Biology from 1964-1972; as Director of the Program in Human Biology from 1973-1977; as Provost from 1979 to 1980; and as President from 1980 to 1992. On returning to the faculty, he was resident faculty member at Stanford in Washington (1992-93), taught in the Program in Human Biology, as well as Introduction to the Humanities (1993-2001). He was Commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration from 1977-79.

Professor Kennedy was the editor-in-chief of Science, the journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a Center for the Environmental Science & Policy senior fellow by courtesy. His present research program entails policy on such trans-boundary environmental problems as: major land-use changes; economically-driven alterations in agricultural practice; global climate change; and the development of regulatory policies.

Kennedy is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He served on the National Commission for Public Service and the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government, and as a founding director of the Health Effects Institute. He currently serves as a director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as co-chair of the National Academies’ Project on Science, Technology and Law.

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The 29th Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Date/Time: Monday, September 8, 2008
Topic: “Dred Scott case: the Supreme Court decision”
Location:James E. Rogers College of Law, Ares Auditorium, Room 164, Tucson, Arizona

Justice Breyer was born in San Francisco, California, on August 15, 1938. He married Joanna Hare in 1967 and has three children - Chloe, Nell, and Michael. He received an A.B. in 1959 from Stanford University, a B.A. in 1961 from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an LL.B. in 1964 from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk for Justice Arthur Goldberg of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1964 term, as Special Assistant to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Antitrust from 1965-1967, as Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973, as Special Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1974-1975, and as Chief Counsel of the Committee from 1979-1980. He served as Assistant Professor, Professor of Law, and Lecturer at Harvard Law School from 1967-1994, as Professor at the Harvard College Kennedy School of Government from 1977-1980, and as Visiting Professor at the College of Law in Sydney, Australia, and the University of Rome. He also served as a Judge and Chief Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1990-1994, and as a member of both the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1990-1994 and the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 1985-1989. Nominated as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Clinton, he assumed that office on August 3, 1994.

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The 28th Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Judge Navanethem Pillay
Date/Time: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.
Topic: “Equal Justice for Women – A Personal Journey”
Location: University of Arizona School of Music, Holsclaw Hall 1017 N. Olive Road Tucson, Arizona

Judge Navanethem Pillay has been both a symbol and a standard-bearer for human rights in South Africa, in the region, and throughout the world. She represented many opponents of apartheid, and handled precedent-setting cases to establish the effects of solitary confinement, the right of political prisoners to due process, and the family violence syndrome as a defense. In 1995, she became the first black woman attorney appointed acting judge of the High Court of South Africa by the Mandela Government. On the heels of that appointment, Judge Pillay was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to be a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 2003, Judge Pillay was elected by the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute as one of the 18 Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague.

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The 27th Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court
Topic: “Reflections on Arizona's Pace-Setting Justices: William Hubbs Rehnquist and Sandra Day O'Connor."

Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg (born March 15, 1933) is an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by Democratic President Bill Clinton with the support of Republican Senator Orrin Hatch. Ginsburg took the oath of office August 10, 1993. Generally she votes with the liberal wing of the court. She is the second female Justice (after Sandra Day O'Connor), and the first Jewish female Justice. Ginsburg spent a considerable portion of her career as an advocate for the equal citizenship status of women and men as a constitutional principle. She engaged in advocacy as a volunteer lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsel in the 1970s. She served as a professor at Rutgers School of Law—Newark and Columbia Law School. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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The 26th Annual Marks lecture
Speaker: The Honorable Guido Calabresi, U.S. Circuit Judge
Topic: "Equality in the American Constitution."

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Windows Media File The 25th Annual Marks lecture
Speaker: Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Topic: “A Senator’s Perspective on American Higher Education in a Global Economy”

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The 24th Annual Marks lecture
Speaker: Jeffrey Rosen
Topic: “The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America.”

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The 23rd Issac Marks Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Patricia J. Williams
Topic : "In-Laws and Outlaws"

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The 22nd Marks Memorial Lecture
Speaker: Martha L. Minow
Topic : "Educating Youth After Trauma and Intergroup Violence"

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Updated: 12/08/2015