Spirit of the Law is a speaker series featuring legal professionals discussing how they find meaning and purpose in the law, how they use their law degrees in creative and innovative ways, and how they connect the personal and the professional in their lives.
Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Office of Religous Life
Daria Roithmayr is a professor of law at USC. She teaches and writes in the area of critical race theory and comparative law, focusing on the area of structural racial inequality in the U.S. and South Africa. Before joining USC law, Professor Roithmayr taught for nine years at the University of Illinois College of Law. Professor Roithmayr received her B.S. from UCLA, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center. She twice served as special counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy on Supreme Court nominations, and in 2005 was special counsel for People for the American Way, advising the group on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Judge John Roberts. Since 2000 she has been a consultant for the Education Rights Project in South Africa.
Since graduating from law school, Scott Sherman has taken an unorthodox path. In 2005, he co-founded the Transformative Action Institute (TAI), an award-winning nonprofit based in Los Angeles. The mission of TAI is to train the next generation of social entrepreneurs, innovators, visionaries, and heroes who will help solve the biggest challenges of the 21st century. This organization emerged out of his doctoral research, a study of the most effective strategies for people who aspire to change the world. He is currently writing a book on this subject, entitled: "How We Win: The Science of Making the World a Better Place." Dr. Sherman has taught classes on social entrepreneurship at numerous universities, including Yale, Princeton, Berkeley, NYU, and Johns Hopkins.
Jody Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. Professor Armour's expertise ranges from personal injury claims to racial profiling, stereotypes, prejudice and the rule of law. Professor Armour studies the intersection of race and legal decision making as well as torts and tort reform movements. His book, Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Cost of Being Black in America, received the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. Professor Armour earned his B.A. degree in Sociology at Harvard University and his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California Berkeley. Prior to joining University of Southern California he was an associate at Morrison & Foerster and taught at Boalt Hall, Indiana University and the University of Pittsburgh.
Kelvin Fileris currently a Superior Court Judge in the city of Compton. As an attorney, his practice focused on issues of civil rights and capital punishment, and he argued the landmark case of before the California Supreme Court. Judge Filer is the recipient of the Distinguished Social Science Alumni Award from UC Santa Cruz, and he earned his law degree through UC Berkeley's Boalt School of Law.