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Constitutional Scholar Jesse Choper to Lecture at Law School

AUGUST 18, 2008—Jesse H. Choper, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School in the 1960s and now Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, returns to the Law School in September as a lecturer.

He will present "Liberal and Conservative Supreme Court Justices—What Difference Does it Really Make and What Does it Bode for the Future?" on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at 12:15 p.m. in Room 25 of the Law School. The lecture is open to the public.

Choper began his teaching career at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1957-60). He served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1960-61 and taught at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1961-65. In 1965, he joined the faculty of Boalt Hall as a professor. He served as its dean from 1982-92 and has been the Earl Warren Professor of Public Law since 1991.

Over the course of his career, Choper has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Fordham Law Schools, the University of Milan, Free University in Amsterdam, Autonoma University in Barcelona, and the University of New South Wales in Sydney. In 1998 he received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2006 he received the Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction at Boalt Hall. The Boalt Hall Alumni Association presented the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award to Choper in 2005.

A widely recognized constitutional law scholar, Choper has lectured several times at U.S. Law Week's annual constitutional law conference in Washington, D.C., and has delivered titled lectures at major universities across the country. He received a Bachelor of Science from Wilkes University in 1957, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Wilkes University in 1967.

Choper's lecture at the Law School has been made possible by the Jim and Sharon Hale Excellence in Legal Education Fund. The fund was created through an unrestricted gift from James T. ('65) and Sharon Hale, longtime patrons of educational, nonprofit, civic, and cultural organizations around the area. Jim has been a devoted supporter of the University of Minnesota, served in leadership and volunteer roles at the Law School and the Carlson School of Management, and taught for several years as an adjunct professor at the Law School. The Hales leave use of their gift to the discretion of the Law School.

Approved for one CLE credit, Event #123986.

Portrait of Jesse Choper

Professor Jesse H. Choper