Dyson Distinguished Lecture

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson speaks to students


Monica Hakimi, William S. Beinecke Professor of Law at Columbia Law SchoolApril 14, 2023
Monica Hakimi, William S. Beinecke Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
"The United States and Ukraine: One Year On"

Chai Feldblum, Commissioner, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionApril 27, 2016
Chai Feldblum, Commissioner, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
"Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discriminationn: Revisiting Sex Discrimination Law"

Sarah B. Lawsky, University of California School of LawMarch 23, 2015
Sarah B. Lawsky, University of California - Irvine School of Law
"Rule-Based Legal Reasoning"

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh JohnsonApril 10, 2014
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson

Horatia Muir WattFebruary 8, 2013
Horatia Muir Watt
"Sex Regimes and Corporate Governance: a Transatlantic Conversation"

Steven M. Wise April 26, 2012
Steven M. Wise
"The Nonhuman Rights Project's Struggle for Nonhuman Personhood"


Heidi M. HurdFebruary 9, 2012
Heidi M. Hurd
David C. Baum Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois
"Fouling Our Nest: Is An (Environmental) Ethic Impotent Against (Bad) Economics";

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Janet HalleyNovember 12, 2010
Janet Halley
Royal Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
"After Gender? Examining International Justice Enterprises"

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Sunny SchwartzJanuary 25, 2010
Sunny Schwartz, Esq.
Programs Administrator, San Francisco Sheriff's Department
Founder, Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP)
"Can Prisons Make Us Safer?: Restorative Justice and Criminal Justice Reform"

Dr. Cornel WestApril 16, 2009
Dr. Cornel West
Class of 1943 University Professor, Princeton University Center for African American Studies
"In the Age of Obama"

Howard LesnickApril 23, 2008
Howard Lesnick
Jefferson B. Fordham Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
"The Practice of Teaching, the Practice of Law: What Does It Mean to Practice Responsibly?";

The Honorable Janet DiFioreApril 6, 2006
The Honorable Janet DiFiore
District Attorney, Westchester County, NY
"The Evolving Role of the Modern District Attorney"

Kevin R. Johnson2005
Kevin R. Johnson
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Mabie/Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies
University of California at Davis, School of Law
"The Forgotten 'Repatriation' of Persons of Mexican Ancestry and Lessons for the War on Terror"

Harvey J. Goldschmid2003
Harvey J. Goldschmid, Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Dwight Professor of Law, Columbia University
"Post Enron America and SEC Perspectives"

Professor Daniel Farber2002
Professor Daniel Farber
McKnight Presidential Professor of Public Law, University of Minnesota
"Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Rethinking Environmental Law After American Trucking"

Professor Jesse H. Choper2001
Professor Jesse H. Choper
Earl Warren Professor of Public Law, University of California, Berkeley
"The Presidential Election of 2000 and the Role of the United States Supreme Court"

William E. Kennard1997
William E. Kennard
General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
"Implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996: Toward Consolidation or Competition?"

John C. Coffee, Jr.1996
John C. Coffee, Jr.
Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
"Class Actions After the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and MCA and What Should be Done About It"

The Honorable Joseph W. Bellacosa1993
The Honorable Joseph W. Bellacosa
New York State Court of Appeals
"Ethical Impulses From the Death Penalty: 'Old Sparky's' Jolt to the Legal Profession"

Sylvia A. Law1992
Sylvia A. Law
Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
"Crystal Eastman"

Panel Presentation: "Justice Brennan: Foundation for the Future"

Nadine StrossenNadine Strossen
Professor of Law, New York Law School
Justice Brennan and the Religion Clauses

Gerald RosbergGerald Rosberg
Partner, Dewey Ballantine
Justice Brennan and the Law of Obscenity

Ronald TabakRonald Tabak
Special Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Justice Brennan and the Death Penalty

Bennett L. GershmanBennett L. Gershman
Professor of Law, Pace University School of Law
The Moral Force of His Language

Ralph Michael SteinRalph Michael Stein
Professor of Law, Pace University School of Law
Justice Brennan and the First Amendment Minefield: In Respectful Appreciation

David G. Owen1990
David G. Owen
Webster Professor of Tort Law, University of South Carolina
"Products Liability: Principles of Justice for the 21st Century"

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Panel Presentation
Julius L. Chambers, Sally E. Burns, John A. Powell, William Kunstler

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Charles L. Black
Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus, Yale University
"The Forest and the Trees in Constitutional Law"

Eugene Rostow1985
Eugene Rostow
Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus, Yale University; Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Diplomacy, National Defense University
"Why Is It So Hard to Negotiate with the Russians?"

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Abram Chayes
Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
"The ABM Treaty and the Strategic Defense Initiative"

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Harry W. Jones
Cardozo Professor Emeritus of Jurisprudence, Columbia University
"Precedent and Policy in Constitutional Law"


Charles DysonThe Dyson Distinguished Lecture was endowed in 1982 by a gift from the Dyson Foundation made possible through the generosity of the late Charles H. Dyson, a 1930 graduate, trustee, and long-time benefactor of Pace University. The principal aim and object of the Dyson Distinguished Lecture is to encourage and make possible scholarly legal contributions of very high quality in furtherance of Haub Law's educational mission.

Charles H. Dyson was born August 2, 1909, and died at the age of 87 on March 14, 1997. He was well known as a financier, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He was considered a pioneer in the field of leveraged buyouts and was best known for his government service. After graduating from Pace Institute in 1930, he began a career in public accounting. Dr. Dyson was a lifelong Democrat who worked for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and served in World War II. In 1954, he founded the Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation, a New York investment company that has become one of the nation's largest privately held corporations. Pace University's Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is also named in his honor.