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Gallagher Chats with Professor Ronald K.L. Collins

When May 07, 2013
from 12:30 PM to 01:20 PM
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On May 7, 2013, UW law students joined Professor Collins in the Bogle and Gates Student Lounge in the Gallagher Law Library to hear him speak about “life, law and other things that matter”.

After acknowledging the significant work of the Gallagher Law Library Reference librarians and library for his scholarly efforts, Professor Collins gave some insight into the writing process (he’s writing or thinking about writing all the time, even when he is exercising!); working with a co-author (his friend and partner in many projects is Seattle University Law Professor David Skover); the research tidbits that make his writing lively and informative. Having written both, Professor Collins acknowledged that there is a fine line between fiction and non-fiction. He concluded his remarks by reading the prologue in a book of short stories that will be published in 2015, entitled  “I Take My Chances Every Chance I  Get” [a line in a song by Mary Chapin Carpenter].

Introductory remarks by Dean Penny Hazelton

Good afternoon, my name is Penny Hazelton, director of the Gallagher Law Library, professor, and Associate Dean. Welcome to the second program in our series, Gallagher Chats! The purpose of these sessions is to create an informal opportunity for students to get to know their professors and to stimulate conversation and the exchange of ideas. Thank you for coming!

Professor Collins is a First Amendment and constitutional law expert, currently serving as the Harold S. Shefelman Scholar here at UW Law. Undoubtedly, some of you are his students. Professor Collins has taught at Stanford, GW, and Temple. He is a prolific researcher and scholar.

My relationship with Professor Collins is long-standing. We met in 1982 when he served as a Supreme Court Fellow under Chief Justice Warren Burger and I was head of the research department at the US Supreme Court Library. We bonded instantly because he was fresh from the Northwest – Oregon -  where he clerked for Justice Hans Linde on the Oregon Supreme Court and I longed to be back in my native Washington State. I learned then that Professor Collins loved research and librarians! Always be nice to the people you meet – you never know when they will come back into your life! And sure enough, nearly thirty years later, Professor Collins turns up at UW Law School! I have been proud to be sure he had access to a great law library and to some of the best Reference Librarians and library staff in the country – both at the US Supreme Court and at UW Law.

Most recently, Professor Collins has published two books, Mania and Nuanced Absolutism:  Floyd Abrams and the First Amendment. Please give a warm welcome to Professor Collins as he talks about Life, Law and Other Things that Matter – his books on Holmes the Judge, Abrams the Lawyer, HOWL the Poem and Dissent in America.

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