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August 11-12, 2017: Where Do We Go From Here?

Date & Time

October 21, 2017 @ 10:00 - 11:00 am


Alumni Hall Ballroom
211 Emmet Street South
Charlottesville, VA



Talk Title and Description Change: Due to recent events in Charlottesville, Dean Goluboff has updated her talk from Why Nine Unelected Supreme Court Judges Get All the Power: The Perplexing, Brilliant, Seminal Case of Marbury v. Madison to August 11-12, 2017: Where Do We Go From Here?

Two months ago, the world watched in horror as white supremacists and neo-Nazis brought violence and intimidation to Charlottesville and the University. Risa Goluboff, Dean of the School of Law and Chair of the Deans Working Group, will reflect on August 11-12, the academic issues those events raise, and the University’s response to them.

You might want to read Observations and Improvements prior to the event.


Risa Goluboff

Dean, School of Law; Arnold H. Leon Professor, School of Law; Professor, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, History

Risa Goluboff is the 12th, and the first female, dean of the University of Virginia School of Law. She is a nationally renowned legal historian whose scholarship and teaching focuses on American constitutional and civil rights law, and especially their historical development in the 20th century.

Goluboff is the author of The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (Harvard, 2007), which won the 2010 Order of the Coif Biennial Book Award and the 2008 James Willard Hurst Prize. Her second book, Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (Oxford, 2016) was supported by a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Constitutional Studies and a 2012 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. It received the 2017 Lillian Smith Book Award and the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History, among other honors. Goluboff is also co-editor (with Myriam Gilles) of Civil Rights Stories (Foundation Press, 2008), and the author of numerous shorter works.

Goluboff has been quoted or cited by The New York TimesTimeThe Atlantic and more, and she has appeared on PBS documentaries and the popular radio podcast “BackStory.” Her commentaries frequently appear in Slate.

In 2008, Goluboff received the Law School’s Carl McFarland Award for excellence in faculty scholarship, and in 2011 the University of Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award. She is an affiliated scholar at the Miller Center and a faculty affiliate at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies. In 2012, Goluboff was named a distinguished lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. From 2011 to 2016, she directed the University’s J.D.-M.A. in History Program. Goluboff has served as a visiting professor at Columbia, Chicago and New York University law schools.

Prior to joining the Law School in 2002, Goluboff clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. She also served as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa.