David Boies, chairman of Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP, will deliver a speech, tentatively titled “A Trial Lawyer Looks at the Rule of Law,” as part of Northwestern University School of Law’s Pope & John Lecture Series on Professionalism. The event takes place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28 at the Law School. It is free and open to the public.
Boies served as the lead counsel for former Vice-President Al Gore in connection with litigation relating to the 2000 Florida electoral vote count. From 1998-2000, Boies served as special trial counsel for the United States Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft. From 1991-1993, Boies was counsel to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in its litigation to recover losses for failed savings and loan associations. He was chief counsel and staff director of the United States Senate Antitrust Subcommittee in 1978, and chief counsel and staff director of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee in 1979. He has taught courses at New York University Law School and Cardozo Law School. He has authored several publications and won numerous awards, including the Milton Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the LD Access Foundation, and the William Brennan Award from the University of Virginia.
Boies received a BS from Northwestern University, a JD magna cum laude from Yale Law School, an LLM from New York University, and an honorary LLD from the University of Redlands.
Legal professional can receive one hour of Illinois professionalism credit for attending the lecture. To receive credit, attendees sign up onsite during the event.
In 1991, the Chicago firm Pope & John Ltd. established a lecture series at Northwestern Law. Each year, the Pope & John Lecture on Professionalism focuses on the many dimensions of a lawyer's professional responsibility, including legal ethics, public service, professional civility, pro bono representation, and standards of conduct. The series is part of the Law School's Program on Advocacy and Professionalism, which is directed by Professor Steven Lubet.