The Cyrus Mehri Public Interest Lecture Series features an annual major address to the law school community by a leading public interest law practitioner. This Lecture Series is made possible by a generous contribution from Cyrus Mehri '88, a dedicated supporter of public interest-minded Cornell Law students.
Michael S. Levine '80Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New York, NY "Community Development Law -How to Make a Difference"
Joseph E. Krakora '77, Public Defender for the State of New Jersey, "Myths and Misconceptions: Public Defenders as 'Real Lawyers' for 'Real Criminals'".
Matthew Glasser '77, Lead Urban Specialist, The World Bank, "International Development in the 21st Century".
Gary Guzy '82, Deputy Director and General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, presented the keynote address for the 2011 Energy Conference "Gas Drilling, Sustainability & Energy Policy: Searching for Common Ground", sponsored by the CLS Environmental Law Society and the Water Law and Land Use Clinics.
Neil Getnick '78, Managing Partner, Getnick & Getnick, "Meeting the Public Interest Challenge Head-On in the Marketplace."
Arthur Eisenberg '68, Legal Director, New York Civil Liberties Union, "George Bush, the Rule of Law, & the Exercise of Unilateral Executive Authority."
Kica Matos '99, Executive Director, JUNTA for Progressive Action, "Immigration Policy and the Death Penalty: The Defining Civil Rights Issues of Our Time."
Shannon Minter '93, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights, "Creating Change: The Future of LGBT Rights"
Gregory Watchman '85, Executive Director, Government Accountability Project, "Fighting for Civil Rights and Worker Protections: Confessions of a Washington Insider"
Sam Zia-Zarifi, '93, Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch, "In the Trenches: Human Rights During the War on Terror"
Joseph Iarocci '84, General Counsel, CARE, "What Am I Doing Here: From Wall Street to Abse Teferi"
Douglas Lasdon '81, Executive Director & Founder, The Urban Justice Center, "Urban Justice: Advocating for the Poor"
Tonya Gonnella Frichner, President and Founder, American Indian Law Alliance, "Make the Road by Walking: Reflection on Using the Law in Service to the Community"
Spring 1999: Cyrus Mehri '88, Mehri & Skalet, PLLC "Fighting Corporate Abuse"