A Play at UW Law? Check Out Thurgood Marshall and Socrates Duking it Out!

October 2 & 3: “The Test Case” Play on Thurgood Marshall and Socrates Duking it Out – Is There Implicit Bias in Heaven?

Play Masks

Date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2015; Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: University of Washington School of Law

A new play by a Seattle lawyer gets a staged reading by lawyers, under the wing of the Hit and Run Theater Company, directed by Arne Zaslove.

It has often been observed that good courtroom lawyers are actors at heart. And there is a natural kinship between the courtroom and the theater: both are places where we gather to experience persuasive speech and the pursuit of truth.

“The Test Case,” a new play by longtime civil rights attorney Jim Lobsenz, is about to bring lawyers and theater together to examine the question: Is Heaven an egalitarian and inclusive place – or do the entrance requirements reflect implicit bias? A staged reading will be presented in the Mock Trial Courtroom at the University of Washington Law School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3.

Seattle civil rights pioneer Lem Howell will play Thurgood Marshall, with appellate lawyer Michael B. King (of Carney Bradley Spellman) as Socrates, Venkat Balasubramani (of Focal PLLC) as Gandhi, and prominent trial and appellate litigator for farm workers (and others) John Phillips as Daniel Webster. The cast also features Susan Roe, of the U.S. Attorney’s office, third year UW Law Student and Gates Public Service Law Scholar Thomas Miller, as well as arts and culture professionals Jennifer Lobsenz (Program Director at Path with Art) and Edward Wolcher (Curator of Community Programs at Town Hall).

For tickets, click here. Photo credit: Udaipur Times.

October 5: Access to Information as a Human Right Conference

Conference Poster

Date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: University of Washington School of Law, William H. Gates Hall RM 115 (Sessions) & 138 (Evening Keynote)

This fall, the University of Washington Center for Human Rights will host a one-day conference, “Access to Information as a Human Right,” on October 5, 2015, at the UW School of Law. Grounded in the UW CHR’s partnerships with organizations and communities struggling for truth and accountability in post-war El Salvador, the conference will explore the right to access to information as a frontline of transnational campaigns for justice. Preceding the conference, the UW CHR will announce exciting advances in the Freedom of Information Act program of its Unfinished Sentences project in a press availability at the UW School of Law.

For more information and to register online, click here.