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01/30/95

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Chicago legal scholar Sunstein to deliver Wesson lectures

STANFORD -- Cass R. Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, will deliver the annual Robert Wesson Lectures in Problems of Democracy at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, and Thursday, Feb. 9, in Room 370 of Building 370 in the Main Quadrangle at Stanford University.

The theme of the lectures will be "Democratic Rationality." The Wednesday lecture will be on "Agreements Without Theories," and the Thursday talk is on "Reasonable Politics."

Sunstein also is a professor in the University of Chicago's department of political science, and co-directs its Center on Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe. He received his law degree in 1978 from Harvard Law School and served as law clerk for Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Kaplan and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1981.

Sunstein is the author of three books - After the Rights Revolution, The Partial Constitution and Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech. He is the co-author or editor of three others, including Feminism and Political Theory and a well-known textbook, Constitutional Law. He also has published more than 100 articles in law reviews and other journals. He has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Sunstein has twice been honored with the American Bar Association's award for the best scholarship in administrative law, and last year won Harvard University's Goldsmith Book Award.

The Wesson Lectures were endowed by the late Robert Wesson, Hoover Institution senior research fellow and distinguished scholar in political science, natural science and philosophy.

The lectures are presented by the Stanford Ethics in Society program and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 723-0997.

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