Harvard Law Professor Randall Kennedy to Speak at UM Law

OXFORD, Miss. —Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will speak at the University of Mississippi School of Law on Wednesday, Feb. 1. His lecture is titled, “The Greatest Lawyer in American Legal History: Thurgood Marshall.”

The lecture, held in the Law School’s Weems Auditorium at 12:30 p.m., will mark the beginning of Black History Month. Attendance is open to the entire university community and the general public.

“We are excited to host such a prominent legal scholar, one who continues to be at the forefront of many important national conversations” said Associate Dean for Research Will Berry. “Our students, faculty, and staff are looking forward to the opportunity to learn from Professor Kennedy this week.”

Kennedy clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall from 1983-84, prior to becoming a law professor. A graduate of Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School, Kennedy teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He has been a prolific scholar in all three areas. The author of nine books, Kennedy received the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy book award for his book, Race, Crime, and the Law.

Kennedy’s most recent book, Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, And Culture, features a collection of essays on social justice issues and civil rights leaders, including Marshall and Frederick Douglass, among others.

In addition to his lecture on Wednesday, Kennedy also plans to visit a law school class as well as to conduct research in the university library collections while on campus.