Dean's Speaker Series

The Dean’s Speaker Series is the highest profile speaker series at the College of Law, bringing in a diverse group of legal thinkers to provide the MSU community with thought-provoking discussions about law and contemporary issues.

2022-2023 SEASON


Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

“Reimagining Ethics in Legal Education”
Thursday, September 29, 2022
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
MSU Law Castle Board Room and via Zoom


Dr. Allen is an internationally renowned expert on privacy and data protection law, ethics, bioethics, legal philosophy, women’s rights, and diversity in higher education.

Her books include Privacy Law and Society (Thomson/West, 2016), the most comprehensive textbook on the US law of privacy and data protection; Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide (Oxford, 2011); The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the 21st Century Moral Landscape (Miramax/Hyperion, 2004); Why Privacy Isn’t Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); and Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Society (Rowman and Littlefield, 1988), the first monograph on privacy written by an American philosopher.

The first African-American woman to hold both a PhD in philosophy and a law degree, she is a graduate of Harvard Law School and received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan.



James E. Jones Jr. Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School

“Ethics, Law and Predatory Governments”
Monday, November 14, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Coming soon



Senior Assistant Disciplinary Counsel
DC Office of Disciplinary Counsel
Adjunct Professor of Law
Georgetown Law

“Ethical Tension: How Lawyers Balance Responsibilities to Clients, the Legal System, and Themselves”
Monday, March 20, 2023
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Coming soon



Holland and Knight

Monday, April 3, 2023
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


Advises on professional responsibility and legal ethics.

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