The Trial of Socrates

Miss the trial the first time around? It’s not too late, if you live in Chicago! The National Hellenic Museum is sponsoring what they call “the most significant legal appeal in nearly 2,500 years.”

On Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., the case will be re-tried, with Judge Richard A. Posner presiding. Also involved in the proceedings are: William J. Bauer, former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, and Anna Demacopoulos, Circuit Court Judge, and a jury of twelve distinguished citizens of Chicago.

Socrates will be defended by Dan Webb (Winston & Strawn) and Robert A. Clifford (Clifford Law Offices). Counsel for the City of Athens, former U.S. Attorney Pat Fitzgerald (Skadden, Arps) and former prosecutor Patrick M. Collins (Perkins Coie), will attempt to shed light on the age-old question: why must Athens, the birthplace of democracy, put to death a 70-year-old philosopher who exercised the fundamental right of freedom of speech?

This is a great opportunity if you are in the area! Click here for more info.

Socrates transcends the ages...

Socrates transcends the ages…

Reproductive Rights Forty Years After Roe

Residents of Washington, D.C. are in luck. There is a panel discussion coming up on January 23, 2013, in honor of the fortieth anniversary of the ruling in Roe v. Wade. According to the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, the event will feature a panel discussion on the progress that has been made in the 40 years since Roe and the challenges that remain.

The panel will include:

Moderator, Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society
Walter Dellinger, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP; former acting U.S. Solicitor General
Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, National Women’s Law Center
Helene Krasnoff, Assistant Director, Public Policy Litigation & Law, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Jessica González-Rojas, Exec. Director, Nat’l Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Click here for more information.


Justice William O. Douglas on “What’s My Line?”

This charming video came to my attention via the blog The Volokh Conspiracy.