Tarleton symposium features law professor leading effort to recall judge

Tarleton Speaker Symposium Series

Tarleton Speaker Symposium Series

Friday, September 30, 2016

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Michele Landis Dauber, Stanford University professor of law and advocate for victims of sexual assault, will discuss efforts to recall a judge who gave a lenient sentence in a nationally known rape case, in a talk at Tarleton State University as part of its Speaker Symposium Series.

The free Wednesday, Oct. 5 event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 107 of Tarleton’s Nursing Building. The public and campus community are invited to attend.

Dauber will discuss how colleges report and handle campus sexual assaults, and recent efforts to recall Santa Clara County (Calif.) Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, convicted of rape, to six months in prison even though the mandatory minimum is two years.  Dauber serves as Chair of the Recall Judge Aaron Persky Committee.

The Frederick I Richman Professor of Law and the Bernard D. Bergreen Faculty Scholar in Sociology at Stanford, Dauber served as co-chairwoman of the Board on Judicial Affairs from 2011-2013.  She has been a powerful advocate for sexual assault victims on Stanford’s campus, revamping the university’s sexual misconduct policy, supporting student survivors and even creating a course on the topic. She is a nationally known advocate for improving college and university policies on sexual assault to increase compliance with federal Title IX requirements.

Dauber has written highly original historical and sociological studies focusing on the history of social provision and the U.S. welfare state. Her first book, The Sympathetic State (2013, University of Chicago Press) received numerous distinguished book awards and prizes, including from the American Historical Association, the American Sociological Association, the American Political Science Association, the American Society for Legal History, and the Law and Society Association.

Dauber has received numerous grants for her research, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is currently working on a project about the history of resettlement and relocation following catastrophes.

She is the recipient of the 2006 Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University’s highest teaching honor. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty in 2001, Dauber was a clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1998-99) and a doctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation (1999-2001).

Dauber holds a bachelor’s of social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a juris doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Graduate School at Northwestern.

For more information about the Speaker Symposium Lecture Series and upcoming presenters, visit www.tarleton.edu/speakersymposium.

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.


Contact: Dr. Marcy Tanter, Chair – Speaker Symposium Committee
[email protected]

A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.