Brian Leiter, the Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the Center for Law, Philosophy and Human Values at the University of Chicago Law School, presented his paper titled “Legal Realisms, Old and New” at the Valparaiso University Law School. The presentation was presented at the annual Seegers Lecture on Jurisprudence.
Leiter focused his presentation on the two oldest legal realisms, American and Scandinavian. He applied a new analysis to this topic to explore his hypothesis that these two realisms have almost nothing in common. He cited several philosophers and discussed how oftentimes their studies could be mischaracterized.
Leiter received a B.A. in Philosophy from Princeton University. He earned both a J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He teaches courses at the University of Chicago Law School in jurisprudence, law and philosophy and evidence and has authored several textbooks on a variety of topics.
The Seegers Lecture Series is sponsored by the late Edward A. Seegers who made various contributions to Valparaiso University. Among his many contributions is a fully endowed law school chair in honor of his parents, Louis and Anna Seegers, which is currently held by Professor Bruce Berner.