TU College of Law to Host Second Annual Stephanie K. Seymour Lecture

Friday, March 20, 2009

By Jennifer Flexner

The second annual Stephanie K. Seymour Lecture will feature Mary Margaret Giannini on April 14, 2009 in the Price & Turpen Courtroom at The University of Tulsa College of Law, 3120 E. 4th Place. The 6 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public.

Giannini, a former law clerk to Seymour from 2002-06, is an assistant professor of law at Florida Coastal School of Law. Her lecture is entitled “Searching for Reasonableness: Procedural Justice and the Victims’ Right to be Reasonably Protected from the Accused.”

Giannini contends that as the right currently stands in most state and federal statutes, it promises much but offers little in the form of a tangible and enforceable right. In response to many legal roadblocks, which render this right mostly illusory, she advocates that the victim’s protection right should be defined and interpreted through the prism of procedural justice and dignity principles.

She received a master’s degree from The University of St. Andrews, a Master of Library Science from the University at Albany, and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. After clerking for Seymour, Giannini spent a year as a visiting professor of law at Indiana. Her areas of expertise and teaching include victims’ rights, restorative justice, and federal courts.

The Stephanie K. Seymour Lecture series was established by more than 50 of Seymour's previous law clerks to celebrate her career and honor her legacy, which includes a commitment to providing opportunity for the best and brightest law graduates. The lecture series features non-tenured law professors, like Giannini, whose dedication and passion emulate that of Judge Seymour.

Jimmy Hart