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Special Guest Presentation: Dr. Scott Cowen

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1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (LB60)

Winnebagos on Wednesdays: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education (and Law Schools for that Matter)

Higher education is at a tipping point—voices questioning the value of a college education and proclaiming that American higher education is in crisis have been getting louder. Tulane University President Emeritus Scott Cowen will discuss the cynical narrative of higher education and share his insights on how colleges and universities can not only weather the storm but fulfill their great potential.

About the Speaker:

Scott Cowen is President Emeritus and Distinguished University Chair of Tulane University and served as Tulane’s 14th president from July 1998 through June 2014.

Named by Time Magazine as one of the nation’s Top 10 Best College Presidents, Cowen led Tulane through the most trying period of its history when, in August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, flooding 70 percent of Tulane’s uptown campus and all the buildings of its downtown health sciences campus. Tulane’s faculty, staff and students were dispersed around the country for an entire semester. Under Cowen’s leadership, the campus was repaired and in December 2005, the Board of Tulane approved his Renewal Plan, a sweeping effort that strengthened and focused the university’s academic mission while strategically addressing its current and future operations in the post-Katrina era. A remarkable 87 percent of Tulane undergraduate students returned for classes in January 2006, just months after the storm.

In 2010 Cowen was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions, which advised the President on ways to reconnect and empower young people who are neither employed nor in school. In 2012-2013 Cowen served as chair of the Association of American Universities, and in 2014 he received the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education.

Prior to Tulane, Cowen spent 23 years as a professor at Case Western Reserve University, including 14 years as dean of the Weatherhead School of Management and the Weatherhead Professor of Management. Cowen’s areas of scholarship and teaching focus on strategic financial management systems, corporate governance and leadership. He has held leadership positions in national academic and professional associations and has consulted with and served on the boards of numerous companies, from startups to Fortune 100 companies.

He is the author of six books and more than 100 academic and professional articles, essays and reviews. His most recent book, Winnebagos on Wednesdays: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education, was published by Princeton University Press in February 2018. He also is the author of The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America.

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Copies of Dr. Cowen's book, Winnebagos on Wednesdays, How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher Education will be available for sale prior to and after the presentation. 

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
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Special Guest Presentation: Dr. Scott Cowen

Legal Writing Visiting Scholar - Professor Sherri Keene

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1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)

Sherri Lee Keene had been a member of the full-time faculty at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law since 2008. She serves currently as a Law School Associate Professor and as the Director of the Legal Writing Program. Prof. Keene was a Visiting Associate Professor of Legal Practice at Georgetown University Law Center from 2017 to 2018 and served as an adjunct legal writing professor at the George Washington University School of Law prior to joining Maryland’s faculty. Prof. Keene is an active member of the national legal writing professor community, and she currently serves as an associate editor for the peer review journal, Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD. She has also served as a planning chair for national and regional legal writing conferences.

Immediately prior to joining the University of Maryland faculty, Prof. Keene litigated appeals and motions in the Fourth Circuit and District of Maryland courts as a staff attorney for the Federal Public Defender's Office. Ms. Keene also worked as an associate for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York City, and worked as a civil trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Immediately upon completing law school, Prof. Keene clerked for the Honorable James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Prof. Keene writes in the areas of legal advocacy, criminal law, and law school reform. Her particular interests are at the intersection of criminal law and social science, and she considers the relationship between how people process information and their perceptions of observed events. She further considers how seemingly neutral legal structures can mask biased thinking, rather than afford opportunities for them to be addressed in the courtroom. Her articles include “Stories That Swim Upstream: Uncovering the Influence of Stereotypes and Stock Stories in Fourth Amendment Reasonable Suspicion Analysis” and “Standing in the Judge’s Shoes: Exploring Techniques to Help Legal Writers More Fully Address the Needs of Their Audience.”

Prof. Keene received her law degree from New York University School of Law which she attended as a Root-Tilden Scholar. She graduated summa cum laude from Spelman College with a B.A. in Sociology.

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Monday, March 4, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Legal Writing Visiting Scholar - Professor Sherri Keene

Constitutional Lawyering in the Age of Trump

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1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)

Novel constitutional issues have emerged in the first two years of Donald Trump's presidency, implicating issues as diverse as private paramilitary violence, immigration, and the protection of sensitive voter information in the digital age. In response, creative legal challenges have put before state and federal courts across the country new questions about where constitutional protections begin and end. 

Joshua Geltzer, Executive Director and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, will discuss constitutional lawyering in the age of Trump, including the Institute's efforts to use the power of the courts to defend key constitutional rights.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
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Constitutional Lawyering in the Age of Trump

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