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Fairchild Lectures

Fairchild Lectures

The Thomas E. Fairchild Lectureship was established in 1988 at University of Wisconsin Law School as a tribute to Judge Fairchild. Initiated by his former law clerks, the lectureship brings a distinguished member of the legal profession — from the bench, bar or academia — to speak at UW Law School on a topic of importance to the profession. Many distinguished guests have served as Fairchild lecturers, including Supreme Court Justices John Paul Stevens and Sandra Day O'Connor.

For more information on upcoming Fairchild lectures, please click here.

For a list of past lectures, please see below.  Video and law review article linked when available. 



















  • 1999- "Old and In the Way": The Coming Demographic Transformation of the Legal Profession and its Implications for the Provision of Legal Services by Marc Galanter (Law review article


  • 1998- The Future of the Independent Counsel Law by Lawrence E. Walsh (Law review article)




  • 1995- Life of the Law: Principles of Logic and Experience from the United States by Sandra Day O'Connor (Law review article)


  • 1994- Refreshing Institutional Memories: Wisconsin and the American Law Institute by Shirley S. Abrahamson (Law review article)


  • 1993- Appellate Justice Today: Fairness or Formulas by Mary M. Schroeder (Law review article)


  • 1991- The Judicial Function and the Elusive Goal of Principled Decisionmaking by Harry T. Edwards (Law review article)


  • 1990- The Courts of Appeal and the Future of the Federal Judiciary by Kenneth W. Starr (Law review article)


  • 1989- The Development of Legal Doctrine through Amicus Participation: The SEC Experience by David S. Ruder (Law review article)


  • 1988- A Judge's Use of History- Thomas E. Fairchild Inaugural Lecture by John Paul Stevens (Law review article)