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The James McClure Memorial Lecture–Keynote Address

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April 16, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Room 1078


Prof. Michele Alexandre

Professor Brenda Smith will give the 2016 McClure Lecture as part of the Mass Incarceration Conference held at and sponsored by the law school.  Her address is titled “Healing the Wounds of Mass Incarceration: Reflections, Strategies, and the Way Forward.”  


Professor Brenda V. Smith is faculty at American University, Washington College of Law where she is Co-Director of the Community Economic Development Law Clinic and teaches an upper level writing course, Women, Crime and Law. Additionally, she founded and directs The Project on Addressing Prison Rape. Professor Smith was formerly Senior Counsel for Economic Security at the National Women’s Law Center from 1988 to 1998 where she litigated groundbreaking class action litigation on behalf of women in custody and was a Kellogg Leadership Development Fellow from 1993 to 1996.

In November 2003, Professor Smith was appointed to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission by the United States House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) where she served for six years. Professor Smith is an expert on issues at the intersection of gender, crime, class and sexuality.  She is a nationally recognized expert on women in custody.  She is widely published and received the Emmalee C. Godsey Research Award for her scholarship.  Recent articles include,  “Uncomfortable Places, Close Spaces: Theorizing Female Correctional Officers’ Sexual Interactions with Men and Boys in Custody”; “After Dothard: Female Correctional Workers and the Challenge to Employment Law”; and “Boys, Rape and Masculinity: Reclaiming Boys’ Narratives of Sexual Abuse in Custody.”

View Professor Smith’s full profile page.

The James McClure Memorial Lectures in Law

An outstanding attorney, James McClure (1894-1976), enjoyed the respect and admiration of his fellow lawyers, and indeed, of all who knew him.  He served his profession, his University, and his state with skill and dedication.  The James McClure Memorial Lectures in Law perpetuate the memory of this distinguished alumnus.