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
International Law and Combating Terrorism
Olson works collaboratively with senior government officials and representatives of international and nongovernment organizations, and academia to inform current policy debates at the intersection of international law and efforts to combat terrorism. For the last three years she headed the immigration section in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Olson helped integrate elements of international humanitarian law into the curriculum for Moscow State University journalism students covering the war in Chechnya. She also was part of a team from the ICRC that interviewed detainees at Guantanamo Bay.


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.