Seligman to speak at opening of new SSU center Feb. 6
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Sonoma State University’s new Center for Ethics, Law, and Society will officially open on at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 in Warren Auditorium with a public lecture by Judge Brad Seligman.

Seligman’s talk is entitled, “Big Law, Small Law: Old and New Civil Rights in the 21st Century." A wine-and-cheese reception will follow. The public is invited.

Seligman is one of SSU’s most accomplished alumni (class of 1975).  After graduating from Hastings College of Law in 1978, he became a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School and a senior law clerk for United States District Judge Laurence K. Karlton. 

He then joined the firm of Saperstein Seligman Myeda and Larkin, eventually founding and becoming the executive director of the Impact Fund, which is a non-profit dedicated to supporting large civil rights cases. 

In his practice, he has specialized in class action civil rights cases, including the recent Walmart gender discrimination class action.  He was recently appointed Judge to the Superior Court of Alameda County.

SSU has launched the new Center for Ethics, Law and Society to aid the community and campus in tackling the emerging and long-standing moral, legal and political issues of the times.

From discrimination and income inequality to emerging revolutionary technologies, warfare, privacy, and bio-tech, the Center has been created to be a leading resource in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“It is part of the responsibility of a University to lead the community in thinking about such issues,” says Joshua Glasgow, director of the Center.

The new center's three-part mission is to engage with the community, foster student learning and promote faculty scholarship as a way of extending the philosophy department's role throughout the campus and community.

It will also host Bay Area research groups and provide SSU students with career enhancement and intellectual growth opportunities.
Glasgow says future plans include a named lecture series, a named scholarship competition for students focused on pre-law and applied ethics, and a variety of workshops and conferences revolving around specific issues of ethics, justice, and the law.

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