Law & Dis/Order

Weissman Center for Leadership
and the Liberal Arts

Fall 2005

Judges, Citizenship, and Justice

What constitutes justice? What social, political, and cultural factors contribute to the public conception of law? To what degree do history and legal precedents inform landmark court rulings that impact daily life of all Americans? Do judges hold the key to law and dis/order?

Judge Joyce London Alexander, the first African American woman to serve as Magistrate Judge in the United States will consider recent judicial events and cases and consider how collective responsibility is a vital component of law and order. Her colleagues have hailed her as an incisive thinker, spirited citizen, dedicated teacher, and a pioneer of judicial integration. Judge Alexander believes firmly that the “enforcement of rights . . . is necessary and proper” and that it is “never contrary to the optimum workings of justice.”

The first African American woman chief judge of any court in Massachusetts, she is praised widely as a jurist whose decisions confirm her unwavering commitment to justice, demonstrate her belief in judicial independence, and illustrate her determination to defend the civil and equity rights of all.

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Event Details

Date: Thursday, November 17

Time: 7:00 PM

Speaker: Judge Joyce London Alexander

Place: Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

Admission:Free and open to the public.


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