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Legal Scholars Debate Lincoln vs. Darwin

Lincoln vs. Darwin

Scholars agree that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were revolutionary figures of the 19th century. Coincidentally, both men were born on the same day, February 12, 1809.

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of their birth, Pepperdine University School of Law will host a stimulating debate titled, "Lincoln vs. Darwin: Who Had the Greater Impact on American Law?" on Monday, February 2, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom.

Ken Starr, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law, and Ed Larson, Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law, will host scholars Daniel A. Farber, Sho Sato Professor of law at University of California, Berkeley, and Laurence Claus, professor of law at University of San Diego School of Law.

"Pepperdine will bring together two distinguished, internationally-known legal scholars for a friendly debate on which of these legendary figures had a greater impact on American Law," says Larson.

Daniel A. Farber, clerked for Judge Philip W. Tone of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He practiced law with Sidley & Austin before joining the faculty of the University of Illinois Law School. In 1981 he became a member of the University of Minnesota Law School faculty. Farber's books include Desperately Seeking Certainty (2002), Eco-Pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World (1999), and The First Amendment and Environment Law in a Nutshell.

Laurence Claus, clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from August 1999 to August 2000. He was a John M. Olin fellow in law at Northwestern University School of Law prior to joining the USD law faculty in 2001. Earlier appointments include clerkships to distinguished jurists in his native Australia and three years in the Office of Foreign Litigation, United States Department of Justice, based at the U.S. Embassy in London. His publications include "Implication and the Concept of a Constitution," and "Federalism and the Judges," (both Australian Law Journal).

Contact at 310-506-4850 for more information or to RSVP.