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Stephen J. Schulhofer, Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago Law School, will talk about “Rape, Sexual Assault, and the Twilight Zone: When Sex is Unwanted but not Unlawful” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, in the auditorium of Lafayette’s Kirby Hall of Civil Rights.

Free and open to the public, the talk is the last of three lectures in the Ethics Project Spring Speaker Series “Sex and the Law” sponsored by the Ethics Project and the Department of Philosophy.

Lafayette’s Ethics Project promotes sound moral analysis and reasoning and their application to a full range of contemporary problems. It involves faculty throughout Lafayette. The program has sponsored talks, seminars, and other activities for more than a decade. Funding is provided by an endowment established by the late Louise M. Olmsted and her husband, Robert Olmsted.

“Consistent with the overall mission of the Ethics Project, this lecture series is designed to expose members of the Lafayette community to recent thought on the morally complex issues that arise at the intersection of sex and the law,” says George Panichas, professor and head of philosophy and director of the Ethics Project. “Each of the speakers in the series is actively involved in research in this important area of normative jurisprudence, and their presentations will be of great interest to students and faculty in a variety of courses taught in the spring term.”

Schulhofer’s talk is based on themes in his book, Unwanted Sex: The Culture of Intimidation and the Failure of Law (Harvard University Press, 1998).

Schulhofer received his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1964 and his L.L.B. summa cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1967. He was the Developments and Supreme Court editor of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, he served for two years as a law clerk to Justice Hugo Black and then practiced law for three years in France. In 1972, he began teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law. Schulhofer joined the University of Chicago Law School faculty in 1986.

Schulhofer’s teaching and research interests lie primarily in the area of criminal justice. He has co-authored a casebook in the field, Criminal Law and Its Processes (1995, with S. Kadish), and has written articles on such topics as criminal responsibility, rape, battered women, sentencing, plea bargaining, confessions, comparative criminal law, and double jeopardy.

Schulhofer served on the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois from 1993-1997, and that of Philadelphia Community Legal Services, Inc. from 1981-1986. He was a member of the American Law Institute from 1984-1993. His bar memberships have been with the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1968; the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1973; and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1993.

He was a consultant with the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 1987-1993 and with the California Committee of Bar Examiners, a project to draft unbiased questions for the California Multiple Choice Bar Examination in 1991. He was a reporter for the Speedy Trial Planning Group, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware, 1975-1980; a member of the Police Committee, Philadelphia Regional Planning Council of the Governor’s Justice Commission, 1975-1978; a consultant with the Office of Enforcement, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1977-1978; and an alternate for the United States in the Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France, 1971-72.

In 1995, Schulhofer received the Fred Berger Prize in Law and Philosophy from the American Philosophical Association, and in 1987 was honored with the D. Francis Bustin Prize from University of Chicago. He received a grant from the Walter B. Meyer Fund, American Bar Foundation, for 1984-85.

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