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Jonathan Entin

Jonathan Entin, J.D. - Case Western Reserve University Professor of Law and Political Science


Kenneth F. Ledford, Ph.D., J.D. - Case Western Reserve University Associate Professor of History and Law

Friday August 29, 2008
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to Fall 2008, and I hope you will be glad to hear about the 20th year of the Friday Public Affairs Lunch discussions. This year we will again meet in Room 9 of Crawford Hall, part of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Thank you very much to the Inamori Center’s outgoing Director, Dr. Greg Eastwood, and incoming director, Professor Shannon French, for continuing that arrangement.

We will also continue coffee and cookies. If you would like to donate to help support that service, please contact or send a donation to Joe White. His address is Mather House 111, Case Western Reserve University, 11201 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7109. Checks can be made out to the university, with a memo line and/or accompanying note as to purpose. Please also let Joe know about your feelings about the mix of beverages or cookie priorities. His e-mail is

Each discussion will begin at 12:30 p.m., and we do have to wait for the previous class to clear. We will begin the academic year on August 29, as is traditional, by looking at the upcoming term of the Supreme Court. Jonathan Entin, Professor of Law and Political Science, will be joined by Ken Ledford, Associate Professor of History and Law, in a look at how the Court as refashioned by President George W. Bush has performed during its past two terms, and what that may mean in the future.

That’s a lot to think about, but I’m sure people will have plenty of questions and opinions. Many thanks to all who have supported the Friday Lunch over the years, and I hope this will be a good one. The provisional schedule for the rest of the semester follows.

Joe White

About Our Guests

Jonathan Entin has taught Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Courts, Public Policy, and Social Change, and a Supreme Court Seminar. Before joining the faculty in 1984, he clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (when she was on the U.S. court of Appeals) and practiced in Washington with Steptoe & Johnson. The recipient of several teaching awards and a former co-editor of the Journal of Legal Education, he is at work on a book about equal protection. Among his recent publications are "An Ohio Dilemma: Race, Equal Protection, and the Unfulfilled Promise of a State Bill of Rights," Cleveland State Law Review (2004), and "Judicial Selection and Political Culture," Capital University Law Review (2002).

Kenneth F. Ledford is a a social historian of modern Germany, from 1789 to the present. His research interests focus primarily upon processes of class formation, particularly the emergence and decline of the profound influence of the educated, liberal middle-class of education, the Bildungsbürgertum. The salient ideology of this social group was classical liberalism, whose vocabulary both shaped and was shaped by the primary social institution of the Bürgertum, law and the legal order. Thus, he has written about German lawyers in private practice, and his present work is on a book about the Prussian judiciary between 1848 and 1918. Ken Ledford enjoys interdisciplinary intellectual work by belonging to the faculties of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the School of Law, and by participating in both the International Studies and German Studies programs within the College.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

September 5: Current Prospects for Nuclear Power with Phil Taylor, Professor of Physics and Michael Dragowsky, Research Associate Professor of Physics.

September 12: Heroes and Politicians with Tim Wutrich, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, and Joe White.

September 19: Evolution and Politics with Robert J. Richards, Morris Fishbein Professor of Science and Medicine and Professor of History, Philosophy and Psychology, the University of Chicago.

September 26: Ethical Responses to Terrorism with Shannon French Ph.D., Director, Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.

October 3: Health Policy in the 2008 Election with Joe White, Professor of Political Science.

October 10: Presidential Ecotheologies with Tim Beal, Professor of Religion.

October 17: Biological Bases of Moral (or Immoral) Behavior, with Gary Marchant, Lincoln Professor of Ethics in Law and Emerging Technology, Arizona State University.

October 24: Seniors in the 2008 Election with Robert H. Binstock, Professor of Aging, Health and Society.

October 31: Halloween Special: Election Preview with Karen Beckwith, Professor of Political Science; Justin Buchler, Assistant Professor of Political Science; and Andrew Lucker, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science.

November 7: Responding to the Foreclosure Crisis with Jim Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer.

November 14: Charging for Car Insurance by the Mile: Good Business and Good for Energy and the Environment? With Richard Hutchinson, General Manager for the “My Rate” program, Progressive Insurance.

November 21: TBA

November 28: Thanksgiving Break

December 5: TBA

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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Upcoming Events

Moody and Poor: The Rating Agencies and the Subprime Fiasco

Monday, September 15, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., 1914 Lounge of the Thwing Center.

With Mark Carl Rom, Associate Professor of Government and Public Policy, Georgetown University, and Kathleen C. Engel, Leon M. and Gloria Plevin Associate Professor of Law, Cleveland State University.

The current meltdown in the credit markets, precipitated by bad mortgage loans, is a failure of both public and private regulation. Professor Rom, author of Public Spirit in the Thrift Tragedy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996), will discuss his research on the failures by Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s to reflect the actual risk of mortgage-backed securities in the ratings given to the securities. Professor Engel, a leading expert on credit denial, predatory lending, and foreclosures, will comment.

4th Annual Constitution Day

The (Un)Constitutionality of Waterboarding

University of Minnesota School of Law

Wednesday September 17, 2008, Thwing Center, 1914 Lounge

4:00-4:30 p.m. Snacks

4:30-5:00 p.m. Professor Gross's Presentation

5:00-5:30 p.m. Questions from Four Students Representing Possible Democratic, Republican, and Independent Perspectives

5:30-5:45 p.m. Questions From the General Public

6:00- 7:30 p.m. Light Dinner, Book Signing, Question and Answer Session, Kelvin Smith Library

The Constitution Day Committee (CDC) chose this year's topic and invited Professor Gross, coauthor of Law in Times of Crisis: Emergency Powers in Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2006), which won the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for Creative Scholarship. Professor Gross is the Irving Younger Professor and Director of the Minnesota Center for Legal Studies and has taught at Princeton, Brandeis, Belfast, Heidelberg, and Tel Aviv. His articles have appeared in leading journals such as the Yale Law Journal, Michigan Journal of International Law, and Minnesota Law Review.

CDC members are Daniel Baeder, Abraham Del Rio, Hema Krishna, David Mattern, Mitch Parlett, Nicholas Sachanda, Jordan Silver, Christopher Titas, Andrew Wolf, and Professor Laura Tartakoff.

A recognized authority in the areas of national security law, international law, and international trade, Professor Oren Gross is also an expert on the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He holds an LL.B. degree magna cum laude from Tel Aviv University, where he served on the editorial board of the Law Review, and LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

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