Nathan Goetting, JD, Abigail DeHart, JD, and John Uglietta, PhD, JD,
debate the state of free speech in light of calls to limit it from
both the right and the left. Prof. Goetting, former editor of The
National Lawyers Guild Review, has recently published what he
calls a "radical defense" of free speech in Discourse
Magazine. Professor Uglietta, Chair of Grand Valley's philosophy
dept., and Abigail DeHart, former clerk for the Ninth Circuit and
currently with a prominent DC law firm, will take up Goetting's
arguments and add their own.
Four Grand Valley alumnae, all distinguishing themselves in the
practice of law, return to GVSU to speak to their experiences and
interests as lawyers, to their formative educational experiences, and
to what it has meant to be a woman practicing law.
Jessica Lefort is a clinical assistant professor at
the University of Michigan Law School teaching legal research and
writing and heading up an asylum lab. She was previously a deputy
defender at the Federal Defender Office in Detroit, a Honors trial
attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in D.C., and a clerk to
three federal judges. She graduated summa cum laude from DePaul
University School of Law in 2006 with a focus on public interest law.
Meredith O'Harris is an attorney in Denver, Colorado
specializing in criminal appeals. She graduated from Grand Valley
State University in 2010 with dual degrees in Philosophy and Liberal
Studies. She then graduated from the University of Michigan Law
School in 2016. After clerking for the Honorable Alan Loeb, Chief
Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals, she spent five years at the
appellate division of the Colorado State Public Defender. Presently,
she is an associate attorney at Haddon, Morgan, & Foreman, P.C., a
small, national criminal defense firm. Meredith also volunteers as a
contributing editor to the National Lawyers Guild Review.
Abigail DeHart graduated from Grand Valley State
University in 2015 with a double major in Philosophy and Classics.
After graduating from University of Michigan Law School in 2019, she
clerked for the Honorable Judith E. Levy in the Eastern District of
Michigan and for the Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr. on the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals. Between these clerkships, she did a yearlong
stint working as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of
Illinois. In November, she’ll move to Washington, DC to begin working
as an attorney at a boutique litigation firm, Kellogg Hansen.
Ieisha Humphrey (she/her) joined Detroit Mercy Law in
February 2022 as Director of Student and Faculty Services. In July
2022, she became the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. She brings
eight years of law school experience focused on pro bono programming,
enrollment programs, and students services. Deeply committed to law
student success, Ieisha has been an adjunct professor of immigration
law and bar exam skills. She also is a grader and tutor for bar exam
preparation programs. Ieisha serves as a pro bono attorney for the
Michigan Immigrant Rights Center since 2013.
A discussion on the general scientific consensus that screen
addiction is a real thing correlating to attention disorders,
narcissistic tendencies, and what one of our guests calls "the
infantilization of the brain." Still, there seems to be no sign
that many of us are willing to give up the digital world, regardless
of science. So where does that leave businesses, schools, and other
institutions that require people who can concentrate, work in teams,
and resist immediate gratification? Join us as we discuss this
question and others with a well-known neuroscientist and a
local business owner who both have paid considerable attention to how
the digital world impacts us all.
- Baroness Susan Greenfield, CBE, FRCP, Founder and CEO of
- Jeff Koeze, J.D., President and Chairman, Koeze
Company; Partner, Nuthatch Software
- Michael DeWilde, Director, Koeze Business Ethics Initiative
This webinar originally aired Thursday, January 20, 2021 at 12:00