The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Lewis and Clark College hosted James Forman Jr., clinical professor of law at Yale Law School, as the Chamberlin Social Justice Lecturer and MLK 2017 Week Speaker. Forman spoke at 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in the Agnes Flanagan Chapel. His topic was, “Fighting for Racial Justice During the Trump Presidency.” Inspired by Dr. King and other civil rights activists, Forman offered concrete strategies for improving schools and eliminating mass incarceration. This Chamberlin Social Justice event was open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Forman teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure and criminal law policy, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. He received his JD from Yale Law School and his AB from Brown University.
The Chamberlin Lectureship is coordinated by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and was established at Lewis & Clark College in 1979 by the Rev. Mark and Dr. Corinne Chamberlin. Rev. Chamberlin was a minister in the United Methodist Church and Dr. Chamberlin practiced medicine in the Gresham area of Portland for over thirty years. Their hope was to bring nationally acclaimed speakers to our campus who exemplify through their scholarship or professional work a deep commitment to social justice as rooted in the Abrahamic faith traditions. Previous Chamberlin Lecturers include, among others, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Rev. Andrew Young, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Rabbi Michael Lerner. (see photos below)
For more information about the Chamberlin Lectureship, please contact Mark Duntley, Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life.