Sen. Elizabeth Warren: 21st Rauh Lecturer, Oct. 2, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
2, 2013 in the UDC Theater of the Arts, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren
(D-MA) delivered 21st Annual Joseph L. Rauh Jr. Lecture to a crowd
of over 500 students, staff, faculty alumni and friends of the UDC David A.
Clarke School of Law.
To see the photos of the event, click HERE
A video of her remarks can be found by clicking her photo on the School of Law’s home page at www.law.udc.edu or by clicking HERE.
Warren – often cited as a potential 2016 presidential candidate by liberal and
progressive Democrats - is a fearless consumer
advocate who has made her life's work the fight for middle and working class
families and is recognized as one of the nation's top experts on bankruptcy and
the financial pressures facing families. The Boston Globe has called her "the
plainspoken voice of people getting crushed by so many predatory lenders and
under regulated banks." She is widely credited for the original thinking,
political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
welcomes by School of Law Foundation Chair Mike Rauh, UDC President Lyons, and
School of Dean
Shelley Broderick, Senator Warren was introduced by Wade
Henderson, the School
of Law’s Joseph L. Rauh
Professor of Public Interest Law – and by day the President and CEO of the
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
receiving a standing ovation, Senator Warren prefaced her remarks with a
preamble referencing the government shutdown and other current political events. She then homed in on her main topic - President Obama’s three
recent nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is often
considered the "Second Highest Court in America” because of its
jurisdiction over numerous federal agency cases. After citing studies revealing the systemic
bias towards the nomination of federal judges who have served the corporate
world, the Senator described the President’s choices in some detail - not only
for their legal acumen, but also due to the diversity of experience they would
bring to the bench.
Lecture is named for the late, great civil rights and civil liberties lawyer
Joe Rauh, who was a founding member of the School of Law’s
Board of Governors. His son, Michael
Rauh, has served as School
of Law Foundation Board Chair
person since the mid ‘90s. Previous Rauh
Lecturers have included Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator Pat Leahy, Congressmen John
Lewis and Barney Frank, Vernon
Jordan, Theodore Shaw, and other leading attorneys.
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