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

2017 Robert W. Kastenmeier Lecture

Maria A. Pallante
President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers

4 p.m., Friday, September 22, 2017

Room 2260
UW Law School
975 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706

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


Maria A. Pallante ImageMaria A. Pallante
is the president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), a membership organization that represents the legal, policy, and business interests of book and journal publishers in the United States, including trade, education, professional, and scholarly publishers. She was appointed by the board of directors on January 17, 2017.

Pallante is a recognized leader in the field of intellectual property.  From June 1, 2011 through October 29, 2016, she served as United States Register of Copyrights and director of the U.S. Copyright Office. In this role, she administered an increasingly complex legal system of programs, practices, and regulations and assisted executive branch agencies with trade, treaties, and litigation. Pallante was a key advisor to the U.S. Congress, working closely with lawmakers to evaluate the efficacy and balance of the Copyright Act; address issues at the intersection of law, business, and technology; and modernize the national copyright system. Under her leadership, the Copyright Office produced extensive policy studies, legislative recommendations, and strategic plans, working with a vast stakeholder community and thousands of public comments.

From 2007-2010, Pallante held two senior positions in the U.S. Copyright Office: deputy general counsel, and associate register and director of policy and international affairs. From 1999 to 2007, she was associate counsel and director of licensing for the worldwide network of Guggenheim Museums, working on a variety of intellectual property, governance, and business issues.  In addition to private practice, she served briefly as assistant director of the Authors Guild and executive director of the National Writers Union, in both positions advising on copyright policy, transactions, litigation, and freedom of expression issues.

Pallante has testified numerous times before Congress, served on United States Government delegations, and delivered a number of distinguished lectures.  These include the 2013 Horace S. Manges Lecture (Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts), the 2012 and 2013 David Nelson Lectures (Berkeley Technology Law Journal); and the 2016 Roger L. Shidler Lecture (Washington Journal of Law, Technology and the Arts).

Pallante is a graduate of George Washington University Law School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Misericordia University, which also awarded her an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Previous Kastenmeier Events

2016 A Discussion with Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States
    Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor
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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