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Seegers Lecture to look at ‘legal realisms’

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University of Chicago Law School professor Brian Leiter will deliver this year’s Seegers Lecture on Jurisprudence Thursday at Valparaiso University Law School. His topic is “Legal Realisms, Old and New.”

Leiter will answer the question as to what it means to be a “legal realist” by exploring the relationship between American and Scandinavian Realism and by elaborating on the “Skeptical Doctrine” that links them. He’ll also debunk the myth that American Realism relied on social-scientific methods in its defense of the Skeptical Doctrine.

Leiter is the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the Center for Law, Philosophy and Human Values at the University of Chicago Law School. The public lecture is from 4 to 5 p.m. CST in Wesemann Hall.

The lecture is named after the late attorney Edward A. Seegers, a Chicago attorney who made significant contributions for scholarships and new buildings, and fully endowed a law school chair in honor of his parents. Seegers became an honorary alum of Valparaiso University in 1977.

To RSVP for the free lecture, visit the law school’s website. According to the school, one hour of CLE for the lecture is pending approval.

 

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