October 12: Dahlia Lithwick and Rick Hasen

Event Details

October 12

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Hasen will interview Lithwick, top legal correspondent, about the role of women lawyers who mobilized to fight injustice, sexism and racism.

About This Event

Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick is the senior legal correspondent at Slate, a news and politics analyst at MSNBC, and host of Amicus, Slate’s award-winning biweekly podcast about the law. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Commentary, among other places. Lithwick won a 2013 National Magazine Award for her columns on the Affordable Care Act. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October 2018.

Dahlia Lithwick’s soon-to-be released book, LADY JUSTICE: Women, the Law and the Battle to Save America, highlights the mobilization of women lawyers from around the US who activated to combat Trump-era policies which had adverse impacts on justice, equality and women’s freedoms.

Dahlia received her BA from Yale University and her law degree from Stanford University.

Rick Hasen

Rick Hasen is an American legal scholar and expert in legislation, election law and campaign finance. He is currently a professor of law at UCLA Law and the Director of UCLA Law’s Safeguarding Democracy Project. Hasen was one of the founding co-editors of the quarterly Election Law Journal, a peer reviewed publication on election law. He also runs Election Law Blog, a blog focusing on election law, campaign finance, voting rights, initiatives, redistricting, and other legal issues.

In 2009, Hasen was elected to the American Law Institute. In 2013, the National Law Journal included Hasen on its list of the “100 most influential lawyers in America.”

He is the author of 5 critically acclaimed books, the most recent of which, Cheap Speech: How disinformation poisons our politics….and how to cure it, in which he discusses what can be done consistent with the First Amendment to ensure that American voters can make informed election decisions and hold free elections amid a flood of virally spread disinformation and the collapse of local news reporting. How should American society counter the actions of people like former President Donald J. Trump, who used social media to convince millions of his followers to doubt the integrity of U.S. elections and helped foment a violent insurrection? What can we do to minimize disinformation campaigns aimed at suppressing voter turnout? With piercing insight into the current debates over free speech, censorship, and Big Tech’s responsibilities, Richard L. Hasen proposes legal and social measures to restore Americans’ access to reliable information on which democracy depends. In an era when quack COVID treatments and bizarre QAnon theories have entered mainstream, this book explains how to assure both freedom of ideas and a commitment to truth.