August 3, 2012
Professor Clark Kelso as a keynote speaker at the Pound Civil Justice Institute's 20th annual Forum for State Appellate Judges Forum on July 28 in Chicago, Ill.
Kelso was one of only two academics invited to speak at the conference, whose theme this year was "Justice Isn't Free: The Court Funding Crisis and Its Remedies." He delivered a paper, "Strategies for Responding to the Budget Crisis: From Leverage to Leadership," which identified and discussed potential remedies, both judicial and political, that state court leaders should be considering. He urged the 240 attendees to seek out political allies in fighting for the funding necessary to keep the civil justice system functioning for all.
The other academic speaker, John T. Broderick, dean and president of the University of New Hampshire School of Law and former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, discussed the scope of the funding crisis. Kelso and Broderick also participated in a panel discussion with several judicial leaders.
The Pound Civil Justice Institute was established in 1956 by a group of American trial lawyers to honor and build upon the work of Roscoe Pound. The Harvard Law School dean from 1916 to 1936, Pound is acknowledged as the founder of the discipline of sociological jurisprudence. Through its programs, the institute strives to give lawyers, judges, educators and the public a balanced view of the U.S. civil justice system.
Kelso, the founding director of McGeorge's Capital Center for Law & Policy, has been a member of the law school faculty since 1986. He will teach Torts, Government Law Theory and Practice, and Health Law in the fall semester.