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The Law School hosts numerous speakers and conferences each year to enhance its intellectual life. Visit our event calendar for a full list of events at the law school.

Endowed Speakers Series

The Law School uses its endowed speakers series—the Matthews Lectures, the James McClure Memorial Lectures, the Sherman L. Muths, Jr., Lectures, the Dunbar Lectures in Philosophy and Law, and the Boyce Holleman Debate Series—to bring in a wide array of important speakers.

Upcoming and Recent Speakers

McClure Lecture (Professor Brenda Smith)

Professor Brenda Smith, of the Washington College of Law at American University, delivered the 2016 James McClure Memorial Lecture as the keynote address of the University of Mississippi’s Re-thinking Mass Incarceration Conference hosted and sponsored by the Law School.


Professor Brenda Smith
Professor of Law
Washington College of Law, American University
Title: “Healing the Wounds of Mass Incarceration: Reflections, Strategies, and the Way Forward”
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 5:30 PM in Weems Auditorium

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Matthews Lecture (Professor Geoffrey Stone)

Matthews Lecture

Distinguished scholar Professor Geoffrey R. Stone of the University of Chicago Law School discussed the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage jurisprudence.


Professor Geoffrey R. Stone
Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor
University of Chicago Law School
Title: “Getting to Same-Sex Marriage”
Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:45 PM in Weems Auditorium

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Matthews Lecture (Professor Akhil Amar)

Matthews Lecture

Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and author of the award-winning America’s Constitution: A Biography, spoke about his new book, The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of our Constitutional Republic.


Professor Akhil Amar,
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science
Yale Law School
Title: “Lincoln and the Constitution”
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM in Weems Auditorium

A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Elena Kagan

A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Elena Kagan

Justice Antonin Scalia
Justice Elena Kagan

Master of Ceremonies:
Dean Richard Gershon

Associate Dean Jack Wade Nowlin

Monday, December 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Press Coverage:

“High Court’s Ideological Opposites Show Mutual Affection”

“Scalia, Kagan: Common Ground Often Trumps Ideology”

“Scalia, Kagan Provide Collegial Commentary at Law School Event”

“Scalia, Kagan Share UM Stage”

(This event was made possible by the James McClure Memorial Lectures Endowment.)

Dunbar Lecture in Law and Philosophy (Professor Larry Alexander)

Dunbar Lecture in Law and Philosophy

Professor Larry Alexander delivered the paper “Was Dworkin an Originalist” to an audience of faculty and students.


Professor Lawrence A. Alexander
Warren Distinguished Professor of Law
University of San Diego
Title: “Is Dworkin an Originalist?”
Monday, October 6, 2014 at 12:45 PM in Weems Auditorium


Voting Rights Act Symposium
Mississippi Law Journal
April 7-8, 2016

Annual Mississippi Sports Law Symposium
Game Change: The NCAA’s New Autonomy Structure
Mississippi Sports Law Review
November 6, 2015

Business Law Symposium
University of Mississippi Business Law Newsletter and Business Law Network
September 25, 2015

Race & Sustainability
“Vulnerability, Historical Memory, and Healing”
University of Mississippi School of law
March 29-31, 2017

LGBT Law Symposium
March 20, 2015

Brown-Bag Seminars

The Law School’s Brown-Bag Seminar series provides speakers with an opportunity to speak in a less formal setting before a smaller audience of students and faculty.

Upcoming and Recent Speakers

Professor Michael Ariens

Brown-Bag Faculty-Student Seminar
Professor Michael Ariens
St. Mary’s University
“Sorting: Legal Specialization and the Privatization of the American Legal Profession.”
Monday, October 19, 2015 at 12:45 PM in Room 1115

Dr. Jen Hendry

Brown-Bag Faculty-Student Seminar
Dr. Jen Hendry
Lecturer in Jurisprudence
University of Leeds School of Law
“Beyond A Rights-Based Approach to Indigenous Justice”
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:45 PM in Room 1115

Noreen Farrell

Brown-Bag Faculty-Student Seminar
Noreen Farrell
Equal Rights Advocates
“The Equal Pay Act”
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM in Room 1115

Professors Mattias Derlén and Johan Lindholm

Brown-Bag Faculty-Student Seminar
Professors Mattias Derlén and Johan Lindholm
Umeå University, Department of Law, Umeå, Sweden
“Comparing the European Court of Justice and the United States Supreme Court from a Network Perspective”
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 11:10 PM in Room 1115


The Law School commemorates Constitution Day and Martin Luther King Day each year with academic events such as panels and lectures.

Constitution Day Commemorations

Martin Luther King Day Commemorations