Thomas M. Jorde Symposium

Monday, September 16, 2013
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Boalt 105
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This year's 2013 Jorde Symposium program features Professor Cass Sunstein. the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University. This year's topic will focus on how regulatory agencies analyze the costs and benefits of public policies when those benefits are not easily quantifiable.

Mr. Sunstein graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in 1978 from Harvard Law School magna cum laude. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then he worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School.

Mr. Sunstein is author of many articles and a number of books, including (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2001), and Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008). He is now working on various projects involving the relationship between law and human behavior.

Professors Dan Farber of Berkeley Law, Lisa Heinzerling of Georgetown University Law Center, and Richard Revesz of NYU School of Law will serve as commentators.

The annual Thomas M. Jorde Symposium was created in 1996 to sponsor top scholarly discourse and writing from a variety of persepectives on issues related to the legacy of William J. Brennan, Jr. The Brennan Center named the symposium in honor of its major benefactor, Thomas M. Jorde, former Brennan clerk and Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, School of Law. Each year, the honored lecturer presents the same lecture at two different sites: one in the Fall and another in the Spring, with a different pair of prominent commentators at each site. Both lectures and the four commentaries are published annually in the California Law Review.

 A short reception will follow the lecture. 

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