The Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture

Deborah L. Rhode, Director, Center on the Legal Profession, E.W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford Law School, will present the 13th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 6 p.m. at The University of Tulsa College of Law, John Rogers Hall. There will be a reception at 5:30pm in the Mezzanine of John Rogers Hall.

Deborah Rhode

Her presentation, “Diversity and Gender Equity in the Profession” will be in the Price & Turpen Courtroom in John Rogers Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Deborah L. Rhode is one of the country’s leading scholars in the fields of legal ethics and gender, law, and public policy. An author of over 20 books, including The Beauty Bias, Women and Leadership and Moral Leadership, she is the nation’s most frequently cited scholar in legal ethics. She is the director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession and Founding President of the International Association of Legal Ethics. Deborah L. Rhode's bio

About the Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture

The Buck Colbert Franklin Memorial Civil Rights Lecture honors one of the first black attorneys in Tulsa and Oklahoma. In the aftermath of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, Franklin served his community and his profession by assisting victims of the riot. Working from a tent because his office and home were destroyed during the riot, he represented clients, filed briefs, and fought back against the injustice of the riot and the city’s assault on the Tulsa black community. He won a critical court decision striking down a city ordinance designed to prevent blacks from rebuilding their homes in Tulsa. The lecture also honors the legacy of his son, the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin, who delivered the first lecture in the series.