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, Frank Tuerkheimer, Anuj Desai

2014 Kastenmeier Lecture

Bryan A. Stevenson
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

“Just Mercy: Confronting Mass Incarceration 
and Excessive Punishment in America”

4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014

Gordon Dining and Event Center
770 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI

RSVP by October 27, 2014, at
or 608-890-0140


Bryan Stevenson is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill, and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court. Recently, he won a historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. EJI has also initiated major new anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts. Mr. Stevenson has won numerous awards for his work fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system, including the ABA Wisdom Public Service Award, the MacArthur Fellowship Prize, the Olaf Palme Prize, the ACLU Medal of Liberty, the National Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award, the NAACP Ming Award for Advocacy, the Gruber Prize for Justice, and the Ford Foundation Visionaries Award. A graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Government, he has been awarded 15 honorary doctorate degrees and is a professor of law at New York University School of Law. His forthcoming book, Just Mercy, is scheduled to be released by Random House in October 2014.

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Previous Kastenmeier Events

2013 Lecture: Crossing the Line: Watergate, the Criminal Law and Ethics
                                                            Mr. John Dean
Lecture: Software Patents and the Return of  Functional Claiming
                                                            Professor Mark A. Lemley
Lecture: Bridging the Divide between Congress and the Courts
                                                            The Honorable Barbara Crabb
Lecture:  Afghanistan: What Are We Fighting For?
                                                            Mr. Bob Herbert
Lecture:  Re-Imagining Criminal Justice:  Implications for Practice, Research and Teaching
                                                           Professor Walter Dickey
                                                           Professor Cecelia Klingele
                                                           Professor Michael Scott

Lecture: Economic Injustice
      The Honorable David Obey
2007Lecture: The National Security Constitution in a Time of Terror
                                       Dean Harold Hongju Koh, Congressman Tom Petri,
    and Senator Russ Feingold

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

1999Colloquium: 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
1992Lecture: Seen in a Glass Darkly: The Future of the Federal Courts
               Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist

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Kastenmeier Lecture 2007

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Kastenmeier Lecture 2006 from 11/3/06.

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Kastenmeier Lecture 2005

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