The Bell Lectureship

The Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law was endowed in 1999 by Jennie M. Bell and Samuel H. Bell ('47), Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The purpose of the Bell Lectureship is to engage students, faculty, members of the legal profession, and members of the community in a legal issue that has broad implications for society. The Bells hope by way of this lectureship to bring the best minds of the legal profession to Wooster students and the local community. This lectureship also will join their long-held affection for the law and faith in the values derived from a liberal arts education.

Judge Bell passed away on December 23, 2010.


Kim Taylor-Thompson (2019); Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law; “Who Counts as a Child? How Race Trumps Science in Criminal Justice.”

Tom Ginsburg (2018); Leo Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar, and Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago Law School; “How to Lose and Save Constitutional Democracy.”

Hiroshi Motomura (2017); Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; "Migrants, Refugees, and Citizens: Some Hard Questions for Immigration Policy."

Laurence Helfer (2016); Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. professor of law at Duke University School of Law; "LGBTQ Rights in International and Comparative Law: Progress and Contestation."

Barbara Fried (2015); Professor of Law Stanford Law School; "Facing Up to Scarcity."

Jeffrey J. Rachlinski (2014); Professor of Law Cornell Law School; "Predictable Misjudgment: How Intuition Misleads Professional Decision Makers."

Elizabeth Bartholet (2013); Morris Wasserstein Professor of Law Faculty Director; "Child Advocacy Program Harvard Law School"

Anita L. Allen (2012); Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Law School; "Privacy Law and Social Change”

Kent Greenawalt(2011); University Professor; Columbia Law School; "Religious Convictions and Political Judgments: Are They a Misfit?"

Akhil Reed Amar (2010); Sterling Professor of Law; Yale Law School; "Ohio and the Constitution"

Heidi M. Hurd (2009); David C. Baum Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director, Program in Law and Philosophy; University of Illinois College of Law; "The Morality of Mercy"

Andrew Altman (2008); Professor of Philosophy at Georgia State University; Co-
Director of Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics; "Freedom of Expression as a
Human Right: The Case of Holocaust Denial"

David Luban (2007); Georgetown University Law Center; "Torture and the Professions"

Mark A. Godsey (2006); University of Cincinnati, College of Law; "Wrongful
Convictions and the Innocence Revolution"

Peter Irons (2005); University of California, San Diego; "The Faces Behind the Cases"

Michael J. Klarman (2004); University of Virginia, School of Law; "Why Brown v. Board
of Education was a Hard Case"

David Cole (2003); Georgetown University Law Center; "Enemy Aliens: Immigrants'
Rights and American Freedoms in the War on Terrorism"

Mark Curriden (2002); The Dallas Morning News; "Contempt of Court"

Michael Kent Curtis (2001); Wake-Forest University School of Law; "A New Birth of
Freedom: the Crusade Against Slavery and the Nationalization of Free Speech"

Robin West (2000); Georgetown University Law Center; "Revitalizing Rights: A
Response to the Rights Critique of the 1970s and 1980s"

James Boyd White (1999); The University of Michigan; "Reading and Writing in
Philosophy, Law, and Literature"

Judge Samuel H. Bell (1998); Federal Judge, United States District Court Northern
District of Ohio; "The Path of the Law"

Entire list of Bell Distinguished Lectures (.pdf).