The Madison Lectures are the most important lecture series at the NYU School of Law. Begun in 1960, the lectures are designed to enhance the appreciation of civil liberty and strengthen the sense of national purpose.
The series was inaugurated by Justice Hugo L. Black, who propounded his famous theory of the absoluteness of the First Amendment. Since then, more than a dozen U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than two dozen U.S. Court of Appeals judges have delivered the Madison Lecture.
Norman Dorsen directed the James Madison lecture series from 1977 until his death in 2017, and it is now administered as part of the Hays Program. The first four lectures were published in The Great Rights (1963), edited by the late Edmond Cahn. Thirteen of the succeeding lectures appear in The Evolving Constitution (1987), which Norman edited, and twelve more recent lectures appeared in The Unpredictable Constitution (2002), also edited by Norman. Professor Stephen Gillers, Hays Fellow 1967–1968, now directs the series.
The Fall 2017
James Madison Lecture
The Honorable Stephen A. Higginson
United States Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Monday, October 23, 2017
New York University School of Law
40 Washington Square South