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Legal scholar to discuss places of power and justice

March 13, 2008

Legal scholar Judith Resnik will discuss the design of places of justice throughout history in a lecture titled “Places of Power: From Renaissance Town Halls to Guantanamo Bay,” at 4:30 p.m. March 20 in Katzin Hall on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. The annual John P. Frank Memorial Lecture is presented by ASU’s School of Justice and Social Inquiry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale University where she teaches about citizenship and sovereignty, federalism, constitutional relationships, feminism, and local and global interventions to diminish inequalities and subordination. Among her many honors, Resnik received the 2008 Fellows of the American Bar Foundation Outstanding Scholar Award, which is given to individuals in recognition of outstanding scholarship accomplished in the areas of law and government.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and a law degree from New York University School of Law where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Fellow.

The endowed lecture series, with support from the law firm Lewis and Roca, honors the memory of John P. Frank, a Maricopa County attorney who died in 2002. Frank is best known for representing Ernesto Miranda before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966, which resulted in the court ruling that criminal suspects must be informed of their rights against self-incrimination and right to consult with an attorney preceding questioning by police, which became known as the Miranda warning.

“John Frank was a leader in the Arizona legal community and across the nation,” says Marjorie Zatz, director of ASU’s School of Justice and Social Inquiry, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Frank, who wrote 11 books, was a legal scholar and historian. His opinion was highly sought after by presidents and Supreme Court justices. “He was extraordinarily influential in shaping public policy locally and nationally, and he was deeply committed to social justice,” Zatz said. “This lecture series is one way in which we can honor his legacy.”

The lecture will be available for the first time for Continuing Legal Education credit. More information at 480-965-7682 or

Ashley Lange,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences