Frederick Douglass Forum: From Liberal Arts to Criminal Justice

Lady Justice with scales, Bruges, Belgium

Frederick Douglass Forum: “Guilty As Charged: A Public Defender’s Journey from Liberal Arts to Law”


The Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice at Linfield College, a JMC partner program, will be hosting Oregon Federal Public Defender Lisa Hay for a lecture on how her liberal arts education influenced her work in law and criminal justice. In part, the event helps celebrate Linfield’s new Law, Rights, and Justice major.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 • 4:30 PM
Austin Reading Room, Nicholson Library • Linfield College

Free and open to the public

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Lisa HayLisa Hay is the Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon. She received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Prior to her current appointment, Hay served as Assistant Public Defender for Oregon. She has many years experience as a defense attorney and has clerked for two federal judges. During her career, Hay has been involved in several difficult cases at the federal level.

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The Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice at Linfield College aims to promote reflection, discussion, and debate about the rule of law, individual rights, and competing conceptions of justice. It seeks to achieve this aim through an interdisciplinary major and minor in Law, Rights, and Justice (housed in the Department of Political Science), student reading/discussion groups and a lecture/debate series. The Forum is named in honor of Frederick Douglass, who devoted his nearly six decades in public life to the “mission” of hastening “the day when the principles of liberty and humanity expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States shall be the law and the practice of every section, and of all the people of this great country without regard to race, sex, color, or religion.” The Douglass Forum, hopes to provide students, faculty, and members of the community with opportunities to witness and participate in serious discussions about how Douglass’s mission ought to be carried on today.

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