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Cyrus Mehri Lecture Series

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.

Featured Speakers:

Spring 2014:
Michael S. Levine '80Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New York, NY "Community Development Law -How to Make a Difference"  

Spring 2013:
Joseph E. Krakora '77, Public Defender for the State of New Jersey, "Myths and Misconceptions:  Public Defenders as 'Real Lawyers' for 'Real Criminals'".

Spring 2012:
Matthew Glasser '77, Lead Urban Specialist, The World Bank, "International Development in the 21st Century".

Spring 2011: 
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.

Spring 2010: 
Neil Getnick '78
, Managing Partner, Getnick & Getnick, "Meeting the Public Interest Challenge Head-On in the Marketplace."

Spring 2008:
Arthur Eisenberg '68, Legal Director, New York Civil Liberties Union, "George Bush, the Rule of Law, & the Exercise of Unilateral Executive Authority."

Fall 2006:
Kica Matos '99
Executive Director, JUNTA for Progressive Action, "Immigration Policy and the Death Penalty: The Defining Civil Rights Issues of Our Time."

Fall 2005:
Shannon Minter '93
Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights, "Creating Change: The Future of LGBT Rights"

Spring 2005:
Gregory Watchman '85
Executive Director, Government Accountability Project, "Fighting for Civil Rights and Worker Protections: Confessions of a Washington Insider"

Spring 2004:
Sam Zia-Zarifi, '93
Deputy Director, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch, "In the Trenches: Human Rights During the War on Terror"

Spring 2002:
Joseph Iarocci '84
General Counsel, CARE, "What Am I Doing Here: From Wall Street to Abse Teferi"

Spring 2001:
Douglas Lasdon '81
Executive Director & Founder, The Urban Justice Center, "Urban Justice: Advocating for the Poor"

Spring 2000:
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"