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We're committed to our alumni and friends and proud to offer a variety of programming opportunities throughout the academic year. Our Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs allows Nebraska Law faculty and distinguished guests to share their efforts to address current legal issues through legal research and scholarship.

Outside of presentation-style opportunities, the Attorney-Student Mentor Program focuses on maximizing the Nebraska Law experience, professional goal-setting, and developing a professional network for the student. These experiences are all wonderful opportunities to connect with the Nebraska Law community of students, faculty and fellow alumni.

Our current programming opportunities are offered in person, remotely via Zoom, and/or both. Please refer to each program separately for the ways in which you can attend.

Richard Hasen

Safeguarding American Democracy

February 14, 2023

Richard L. Hasen, Professor of Law & Director of the Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA Law

Professor Rick Hasen, professor of law and director of the Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA Law, is one of the most prominent election scholars in the country.

In his talk, “Safeguarding American Democracy,” Prof. Hasen will discuss the 2020 election and how it still reverberates in American politics, raising the risk that U.S. election results could be subverted by illegal action. Some encouraging signs came in the 2022 midterms, with the defeat of many election denier candidates in swing states. Have the risks to American democracy diminished, or are free and fair elections still in danger?

This lecture is part of the College of Law’s Law & Democracy Series. Prof. Hasen will join us via Zoom. You are welcome to join via Zoom or watch the livestream at Nebraska Law.

Russ Feingold

The Constitution in Jeopardy: An Unprecedented Effort to Rewrite Our Fundamental Law and What We can Do About It

February 21, 2023

Sentor Russ Feingold, President, American Constitution Society

American Constitution Society President Russ Feingold will join University of Nebraska Law to discuss his book The Constitution in Jeopardy, co-authored with Peter Prindiville. Feingold will explore a dangerous effort by factions of the Right to radically rewrite the U.S. Constitution through an Article V constitutional convention and examine the grave risks inherent in this effort. Feingold will also consider the role of constitutional amendment in modern life, examine the nature of constitutional change, and ask urgent questions about what American democracy is and should be.

This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing legal education credit in Nebraska.

Jessica Ring Amunson

Election Law in the Supreme Court

February 28, 2023

Jessica Ring Amunson, Jenner & Block

The presenter will discuss the Supreme Court’s election law jurisprudence, including how that jurisprudence has changed as the Court has changed in recent years.  With a particular focus on two cases before the Court this Term—Moore v. Harper and Merrill v. Milligan—the presenter will examine how the Court has treated claims that some voting laws or practices impose disparate burdens on racial or political minorities.  The presenter will also discuss how election law litigation proceeds to the Supreme Court, including a discussion of the Court’s “shadow docket.”

This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing legal education credit in Nebraska.

Atiba Ellis

How Colorblindness Distorts American Democracy

March 21, 2023

Atiba Ellis, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Modern conceptions of colorblindness appear to be at odds with the remedial race-conscious legislation and judicial doctrines designed for inclusiveness in American democracy. These conflicts include the recent Supreme Court lawsuits about the validity and scope of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the evolution and application of the racial gerrymandering doctrine, and controversies over the application of constitutional doctrines for race-conscious democracy enhancement. This talk will examine the parameters of this ideological conflict between colorblindness and race-consciousness as frames for advancing or distorting democracy and the risks posed by absolutist colorblindness in an an increasingly diverse American democratic polity.  

This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing legal education credit in Nebraska.

Tim Borstelmann

Is the United States a Democratic Influence on the World?

April 5, 2023

Thomas (Tim) Borstelmann, E.N. and Katherine Thompson Professor of Modern World History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

In his presentation, Tim Borstelmann, E.N. and Katherine Thompson Professor of Modern World History, UNL Department of History, will discuss whether the United States is a democratic influence on the world. It will examine this question over the full sweep of American history, highlighting issues like settler colonialism, the American Revolution, the Constitution, the Civil War, U.S. imperialism overseas, the Cold War, and human rights.

This lecture is part of Nebraska Law’s Law and Democracy Series and has been approved for 1.0 continuing legal education credit.

Daniel Medwed

BARRED: Why the Innocent Can't Get Out of Prison

April 10, 2023

Daniel Medwed, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University

Medwed reveals how convoluted legal procedures—essentially technicalities—make exonerations nearly impossible. The rules surrounding litigation after conviction are extremely complex, with narrow guidelines on how much time a defendant has to submit notice of an appeal, which court to file in, and whether they will be allowed to present new evidence or to raise errors that occurred at the initial trial. Because of deferential attitudes toward lower courts, higher courts also tend to uphold convictions, even when there is compelling evidence of a miscarriage of justice. 

This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing legal education credit in Nebraska.

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Attorney-Student Mentor Program

Mentoring serves as a bridge between the theory and the practice of law. Participants in this program create supportive attorney-student relationships, focus on professional and career goal-setting and developing a professional network for the student.

View our upcoming programming opportunities and register to attend.

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Katie Pfannenstiel
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Event Planning
402-472-8382
kabp@unl.edu