Brunch in honor of Cass Sunstein

2008 Donald S. Bernstein '75 Lecturer

Fri, 04/04/2008
10-11:30 AM, by invitation only
Event Category: 
Special Event
By Invitation Only

LAPA and UCHV are pleased to co-sponsor a brunch in honor of Cass Sunstein. Professor Sunstein is LAPA's Donald S. Bernstein '75 Lecturer this year. The event is by invitation only; if you would like to attend, please RSVP with Judi Rivkin (

Cass R. Sunstein is the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence, Law School, Department of Political Science and the College, at the University of Chicago Law School. He clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Sunstein worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Sunstein is author of many articles and a number of books, including After the Rights Revolution: Reconceiving the Regulatory State (1990), Constitutional Law (co-authored with Geoffrey Stone, Louis M. Seidman, and Mark Tushnet) (1995), The Partial Constitution (1993), Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech (1993), Legal Reasoning and Political Conflict (1996), Free Markets and Social Justice (1997), Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy (1998) (with Justice Stephen Breyer and Professor Richard Stewart and Matthew Spitzer), One Case At A Time (1999), Behavioral Law and Economics (editor, 2000), Designing Democracy: What Constitutions Do (2001), (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), The Cost-Benefit State (2002), Punitive Damages: How Juries Decide (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), and Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005). His most recent book, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, co-authored with Richard Thaler (Yale University Press, 2008), examines the impact humans’ susceptibility to biases has on legal decision making in many areas and how thoughtful “choice architecture” can be established to nudge us in beneficial directions without restricting freedom of choice. It has just been published THIS WEEK! His next book, A Constitution of Many Minds, is forthcoming from Princeton University Press next year.

And, to make the event particularly special, we are pleased to announce that Cass will be joined by Samantha Power. As you may have learned from reading the Sunday NY Times Style section two weeks ago (or through other channels of communication), they are now a couple. Samantha will be giving a lecture at the Woodrow Wilson School (Bowl 16) Friday 4 April at noon on the topic of “War Crimes and Genocide Today: What Can One Person Do?” Before her lecture, she'll join Cass and us for brunch. Here is a bit more about her:

Samantha Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy, based at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, where she was the founding executive director [1998-2002]. She is the recent author of Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World (Penguin Press, 2008), a biography of the UN envoy killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2003. Her book "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide (New Republic Books) was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction, and the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Prize for the best book in U.S. foreign policy. Power's New Yorker article on the horrors in Darfur, Sudan, won the 2005 National Magazine Award for best reporting. In 2007, Power became a foreign policy columnist at Time magazine. From 1993 to 1996 she covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for the U.S. News and World Report, the Boston Globe, and The New Republic. She remains a working journalist, reporting from such places as Burundi, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe, and contributing to the Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. Power is the editor, with Graham Allison, of Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, she moved to the United States from Ireland at the age of nine. She spent 2005 to 2006 working in the office of Senator Barack Obama.

I hope you'll take a break to join us for great company, great conversation and great food on Friday morning! Cass and Samantha will have a conversation with us about a variety of topics -- working on the Obama campaign, the promise of human rights, the reliance on courts to achieve justice.