2014-15 Convocations

Sept. 23, 2014
Dawn Porter

Criminal Justice System Reformer, Attorney, and Gideon’s Army Filmmaker

12 million people are arrested in the United States each year and millions of those cases will proceed through the criminal justice system.  It is not uncommon for lawyers to handle hundreds of cases at a time.  What does this mean for a system of justice? Lawyer turned filmmaker Dawn Porter wanted answers to this very question. As the founder of Trilogy Films, she became the director and producer of the Emmy-nominated Gideon’s Army, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and debuts on HBO Documentary Films in July 2013.


Feb. 17, 2015 
Laura M. Olson ’92
How Law Protects in War
Laura will tell us about her journey after Wartburg that led her to the field of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) (sometimes called the law of armed conflict) and working for over 10 years as legal adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross. In so doing, she will explain how this body of international law protects persons, such as prisoners of war, during armed conflict, and some of the contemporary challenges for IHL.


April 9, 2015             
Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Convocation
The Convocation kicks off Research, Internship, and Creative Endeavor (RICE) Day, which recognizes student achievements in and out of the classroom. 10 a.m. Click here for the full schedule.

Other convocations will be added as speakers are set.