Annual Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Lecture

Each year, one or more leading members of the bench or the bar address/es the UDC Law community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends – on a law-related topic of interest.  Some of the nation’s most respected civil rights and other public interest, public policy or public service attorneys, as well as the Attorney General and two sitting US Supreme Court Justices have honored us with their participation.

The Annual Joe Rauh Lecture is always open to the public, free of charge, and followed by a reception – a tradition of which we are certain Joe Rauh would have heartily approved!

Past Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Lecturers

2021DC Attorney General Karl Racine Read more
2019Richard L. Trumka Read more
2018Vanita Gupta Read more
2017Stephen Bright Read more
2016Senator Cory Booker Read more
2015Bryan Stevenson Read more
2014Secretary of Labor Tom Perez Read more
2013Senator Elizabeth Warren Read more
2012Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Read more
2011Harold Koh, Legal Adviser of the Department of State Read more
2010US Attorney General Eric Holder Read more
2009Senator Patrick Leahy Read more
2008Vernon Jordan Read more
2007Nina Totenberg interviewed by Wade Henderson
2006Theodore M. Shaw
2005Congressman Barney Frank
2004Congressman John Lewis
2003Marian Wright Edelman
2002Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ralph Neas and Wade Henderson on “Civil Rights in the 21st Century”
2001Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Read more
2000Charles Ruff
1999The Sleep Room (an award-winning film about Joe Rauh’s last case)
1998Jack Greenberg
1997Elaine Jones
1996Father Robert Drinan
1995Rick Seymour
1994Judith Lichtman & Roger Wilkins
1993William Taylor

About Joseph L. Rauh, Jr.

Joseph L. Rauh, Jr.Joe Rauh may not have invented public interest law, but he certainly perfected it. For more than half a century, Joe championed the under-dog, the disenfranchised, and all minorities. His widely-known battles for civil rights, civil liberties, and equal access to justice are the essence of public interest law.

Less well known was Joe’s vision of a wholly new approach to legal education tied to the practice of public interest law. Joe believed law students should “learn by doing,” not just by reading cases. To Joe, this meant not only expanded clinical education within conventional law schools, but much more.

Joe envisioned a law school that would function as a training ground for public interest lawyers: a school where law students could learn basic skills and represent the underrepresented at the same time, a school that made dedication to public service a criterion for admission, and commitment to public service a life-long responsibility. The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law is Joe’s dream come true. A founding member of the Law School’s Board of Governors, Joe remained one of its staunchest supporters until his last hours with us. Read more about Joe…