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Rutgers Law School to Host Conference Honoring the Legacy of J. Allen Smith, Founder of the Law & Humanities Institute

April 09, 2009 – 
On April 23 to 25, 2009, Rutgers School of Law–Newark will host the “Law & Humanities Institute (LHI) Conference Honoring J. Allen Smith” in conjunction with the school’s 100th anniversary celebration. The late J. Allen Smith taught Property at the law school from 1963 – 1984 and was the founder of LHI, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting interdisciplinary studies between law and the humanities. In dedicating its spring 1984 issue to Professor Smith, Rutgers Law Review editors wrote that his presence “enriched the Law School as he drew upon the sum of the humanities – philosophy, literature, music and art – to teach those of us who were fortunate enough to be his students. From him we learned that law is an expression of human experience, to be understood in light of other human experiences and knowledge.” 

LHI has invited many of its former and current officers as well as distinguished scholars to discuss the past, present and future of its interdisciplinary projects. The conference will also feature a keynote address by LHI’s founding and current president, Richard Weisberg, the Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a recent recipient of the French National Legion of Honor.

The panels are free and open to the public. The April 23 and April 24 dinners require an RSVP and payment. The law school has reserved rooms at a special rate at Newark’s Robert Treat Hotel. For information about registration and lodging, contact Randle DeFalco at randman@pegasus.rutgers.edu.

What “Law & Humanities Institute (LHI) Conference Honoring J. Allen Smith” 
Who Thursday, April 23 
Reception and Dinner (7 pm)

Friday, April 24
Continental Breakfast (8 – 9:30 am)
Welcome: Dean Stuart L. Deutsch, “A Centennial Celebratory Event” (9:30 am)
Remarks: David Haber (LHI Vice Chair), “Honoring J. Allen Smith” (9:35 am)
Panel on Pedagogy (9:45 am – 12:15 pm)
  Judith Koffler, L&HI Board Member and Fulbright Scholar
  Peter Brooks, Princeton University
  Saul Mendlovitz, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, speaker and moderator
Lunch (12:15 – 1:30 pm)
Speaker: TBA
Panel on Southern Heritage (1:30 – 4 pm)
  Martha Grace Duncan, Emory Law School
  Jay Watson, University of Mississippi
  William Page, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  Richard Weisberg, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, moderator
Dinner & Program (7 pm)
Remarks and Introduction: Daniel Tritter, Esq., Past President of LHI
Keynote: Professor Richard Weisberg, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Saturday, April 25
Continental Breakfast (8 – 9:30 am)
Panel on Other Regional Perspectives (9:30 am – 12 noon)
  Cristina Vatulescu, New York University
  Teresa Phelps, American University Washington College of Law
  Justin B. Richland, University of California at Irvine
  Anna Krakus, New York University, moderator
Lunch (12 noon – 1:30 pm)
Speaker: TBA
Panel on Law and Literature Theory (1:30 – 4 pm)
  Julie Stone Peters, Columbia University
  Mark Sanders, New York University
  Eric Craig Sapp, Stanford University
  Anna Krakus, New York University, moderator
Concluding Remarks (4 – 4:30 pm)
When Thursday, April 23 – Saturday, April 25, 2009 
Where Rutgers School of Law–Newark