Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law joined the University of Richmond School of Law on Thursday, October 12, for a day of conversation. Chemerinsky is the Fall 2017 Emroch Lecturer, and he addressed a full crowd in the Moot Courtroom on the topic of free speech on campus. 

Chemerinsky explored students' changing attitudes toward speech, discussed such timely free speech issues as safe spaces and trigger warnings, and engaged in a question and answer session with attendees. View more below. 


The Emroch Lecture series was created by Emanuel Emroch, L'31, founder and past president of the Richmond and Virginia Trial Lawyers Associations and a member of the international academy of trial lawyers. Today, the Emroch Endowment is supported by Emanuel Emroch's son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Karen Emroch. 

Chemerinsky also joined Dean Wendy Perdue in a lunchtime conversation for the law school community about the state of legal education. Both deans are members of the Association of American Law Schools Executive Board. Their discussion ranged from the bar exam to finances to the importance of clinics in legal education. "The legal profession wants law school graduates to be more practice-ready than ever before," said Chemerinsky. View more below.