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Oct. 10, 2006

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Public Lecture Features Dean of the University of Chicago Law School, Oct. 12

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WHAT: Alexander Watkins Terrell Centennial Lecture with University of Chicago Law School Dean Saul Levmore
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. followed by a reception in the Jamail Pavilion
The public is invited to the free lecture.
WHERE: Eidman Courtroom, Connally Center, UT School of Law.

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas School of Law will host the Alexander Watkins Terrell Centennial Lectureship featuring Saul Levmore, dean of the University of Chicago Law School, on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the Law School’s Eidman Courtroom. The lecture is open to the public.

UT Law School Dean Lawrence Sager will introduce Dean Levmore, whose talk is titled “A Theory of Deception and the Common Law Process.”

Levmore describes his topic as follows: "A restaurant critic can pose as a regular diner, but a reporter who poses as an employee in order to get inside a supermarket's food preparation is found guilty of trespass. An employer can deceive employees in order to encourage early retirements, but a student who falsifies a c.v. had better be ready to be fired for cause if the fraud is discovered. It is likely that a guiding principle helps to understand this and hundreds of other otherwise puzzling cases, ranging from torts to contracts to corporations and to employment law. This Theory of Deception then raises the question of why Deception is not a unified area of law. Why do judges deciding deception cases in one area of law not use as precedents deception cases in other areas? And when, then, are theories useful? It is a short leap to the question of how judges decide cases, and how we teach students to argue before them.”

"Dean Levmore is a wide-ranging and creative legal scholar, and an engaging speaker, whom we are delighted will be presenting the Terrell Lecture this fall," said Law School Dean Lawrence Sager.

Levmore has been the Dean of the University of Chicago Law School since 2001. Prior to joining the Chicago faculty in 1998, he was the Brokaw Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, and a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, Michigan, Northwestern, and Chicago. A graduate of Yale Law School, he also holds a Ph.D. in economics from Yale.

He has taught torts, corporations, non-profit organizations, comparative law, public choice, corporate tax, commercial law, insurance, and contracts.

The author of more than 70 articles, books, and book chapters, his writing has similarly cut across many fields, and most recently has concentrated on topics in public choice, obesity regulation, deception, and disaster relief and avoidance.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the current president of the American Law Deans Association. Away from law, he has been an advisor on corporate governance issues and on development strategies and is the author of a book on games and puzzles.

The Alexander Watkins Terrell Centennial Lectureship was established in 1983 by relatives of the late Alexander Watkins Terrell, who was born on Nov. 23, 1827 in Virginia. He served four terms in the Texas Senate (1876-1883) and three terms in the Texas House (1891-1893; 1903-1907). Among his many contributions while a Texas legislator were the bill which donated public land to build the capitol and the Terrell Election Law of 1905, which began the system of direct primaries. When the bill to create The University of Texas was written, it was Senator Terrell who is credited with breaking down the barrier that would keep young women from being admitted to the University. He subsequently served on the University of Texas Board of Regents (1909-1911), and Terrell County was named in his honor.

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