The Robert W. Kastenmeier Lecture

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Robert W. Kastenmeier

Robert W. Kastenmeier

This lecture is supported by the fund established to honor Robert W. Kastenmeier, an outstanding graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School, who served with great distinction in the United States Congress from 1958–1990. During his tenure, Congressman Kastenmeier made special contributions to the improvement of the judiciary and to the field of intellectual property law. He drafted the rules for the House Committee on the Judiciary that were used for the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon, as well as the articles of impeachment against Judge Harry Claiborne. In 1985, Congressman Kastenmeier received the Warren E. Burger Award, presented by the Institute for Court Management, and the Service Award of the National Center for State Courts.  In 1988, American Judicature Society honored him with its Justice Award for his contributions to improving the administration of justice. 

The Kastenmeier Fund was created to recognize these contributions by fostering important legal scholarship in the fields of intellectual property, corrections, administration of justice, and civil liberties. It is a fitting tribute to the leadership of Robert W. Kastenmeier in these areas.

Planning Committee: Peter Carstensen and Anuj Desai

2016 Robert W. Kastenmeier Lecture:
A Discussion with
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor,
Supreme Court of the United States

4 p.m., Thursday, September 8, 2016

Shannon Hall
Wisconsin Union Theater
800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

Questions? Contact Kimberly Raether at 608-890-0140.

There are currently no available tickets to this event. The Lecture has sold out.


Sonia SotomayorJustice Sonia Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954, in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude, the university's highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. From 1979 to 1984, she served as assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984 to 1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992 to 1998. She served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998 to 2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role on August 8, 2009.

Previous Kastenmeier Events

2015 Lecture: A History of the USA FREEDOM Act
Congressman James Sensenbrenner
2014 Lecture: Just Mercy: Confronting Mass Incarceration and Excessive Punishment in America
                                                            Mr. Bryan Stevenson
2013 Lecture: Crossing the Line: Watergate, the Criminal Law and Ethics
                                                            Mr. John Dean
2012 Lecture: Software Patents and the Return of  Functional Claiming
                                                            Professor Mark A. Lemley
2011 Lecture: Bridging the Divide between Congress and the Courts
                                                            The Honorable Barbara Crabb
2010 Lecture:  Afghanistan: What Are We Fighting For?
                                                            Mr. Bob Herbert
2009 Lecture:  Re-Imagining Criminal Justice:  Implications for Practice, Research and Teaching
                                                           Professor Walter Dickey
                                                           Professor Cecelia Klingele
                                                           Professor Michael Scott
2008 Lecture: Economic Injustice
      The Honorable David Obey
2007 Lecture: The National Security Constitution in a Time of Terror
                                       Dean Harold Hongju Koh, Congressman Tom Petri,
    and Senator Russ Feingold
2006 Lecture: The Law in Action: What the Bayh-Dole Act Means to the University of Wisconsin and the State of Wisconsin and an Effective National Science Policy
Dr. Carl Gulbrandsen
                                  With remarks from The Honorable Birch Bayh
Lecture: The Iraq War: Lessons from the Past
                 The Honorable George McGovern
Civil Rights Act of 1964: Hopes and Promises
           Professor Frank Tuerkheimer

Bob Kastenmeier and 1960s Civil Rights Legislation: Leadership Through Commitment and Foresight
   Professor Roger Wilkins
Lecture: The Forgotten Balance of Robert Kastenmeier
       Professor Lawrence Lessig
Lecture: Civil Liberties in a Time of Terror
Mr. Anthony Lewis
2001 Colloquium: Sentencing Criminals: After a Quarter Century of Reform, Where Are We?
                                                            Professor Douglas Berman, Professor Michael Smith,
                                                            The Honorable John Steer,
led by moderator
                                                            Mr. Thomas W. Hutchison
Colloquium: From the Bill of Rights to the Internet: Protecting Privacy Rights and Interests in the New Millennium
                                                            Mr. Martin Abrams, Professor Deirdre Mulligan and
                                                            Professor Paul Schwartz, led by moderator Mr. Robert Gellman
1999 Colloquium: From Watergate to the Present: Impeachment, Presidential Accountability, and the Separation of Powers
                                                            David Broder
                                                            Panel: The Honorable Robert F. Drinan,
                                                                      Professor Michael Gerhardt, Professor Stanley Kutler,
                                                                      and Professor Frank Tuerkheimer
Lecture: The Transformation of American Copyright Law
     Professor Paul Goldstein
Lecture: Political Extremism: Is It New, Is It Worse, Is It Curable?
           The Honorable Abner J. Mikva
Symposium: Is Effective Crime Policy Possible?
Symposium: Computer Software Protection: Reinventing Intellectual Property
1992 Lecture: Seen in a Glass Darkly: The Future of the Federal Courts
               Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist

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