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
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
Mr. Sunstein is author of many articles and a number of books,
including Republic.com (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.