Professor Dan Urman

Welcome to the Lives in Law and Policy Speaker Series at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. We developed this series to provide opportunities for our students, alumni, and members of the Northeastern community to hear and learn from leading figures in law and policy.

Our speakers discuss their personal and professional paths, offering advice along the way. Past speakers include Distinguished Professor and former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, former U.S. Senator Mo Cowan, State Labor Secretary Joanne Goldstein, Political Strategist Michael Goldman, and many others.

Students have appreciated the opportunity to meet with and learn from some of the region and nation’s most important public figures.


“I think the speaker series is a great way for students to hear from people who have successfully navigated careers in law and public policy, and the opportunity to hear about their journeys as well as discuss our own future careers is extremely valuable. Each individual speaker brought a different perspective to the table and I found that to be very interesting and inspiring.”

Kristiene Gong, ‘16, Bachelor of Science in Political Science; minor in Law and Public Policy


In the Spring 2018 Speaker Series, we will hear from leading scholars and figures in law and public policy to examine each branch of government in detail: Congress, the President, and the Judiciary. Speakers will explore what the founders had in mind for each branch, and how that corresponds with recent clashes between and within the branches.

We look forward to seeing you!

Dan Urman
Director, Minor in Law and Public Policy

Spring 2018 Schedule

The Spring 2018 Lives in Law and Policy Speaker Series is presented by the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Political Science.


DateTime & LocationTopicSpeakers
186-8 p.m., 909 Renaissance Park#metoo & the JudiciaryJohn Paul Rollert, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science, University of Chicago School of Business
135:30-7:30 p.m., 310 Renaissance ParkThe Clash Between Congress and Presidents over WarDavid Barron, author of Waging War: The Clash Between Presidents and Congress, 1776 to ISIS
156-7:30 p.m., 909 Renaissance ParkThe Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of DisruptionRichard L. Hasen, Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine
275:30-7:30 p.m., 250 Dockser Hall Criminal Justice and the Path From Federal Prison to GeorgetownShon Hopwood, Associate Professor of Law Georgetown University