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Kastenmeier Lectures

Kastenmeier Lectures

These lectures are supported by the fund established to honor Robert W. Kastenmeier, an outstanding graduate of University of Wisconsin Law School, who served with great distinction in the United States Congress from 1958 to 1990. During his tenure, Congressman Kastenmeier made special contributions to the improvement of the judiciary and to the field of intellectual property law. He drafted the rules for the House Committee on the Judiciary that were used for the impeachment of President Richard M. Nixon, as well as the articles of impeachment against Judge Harry Claiborne. In 1985, Congressman Kastenmeier received the Warren E. Burger Award, presented by the Institute for Court Management, and the Service Award of the National Center for State Courts. In 1988, American Judicature Society honored him with its Justice Award for his contributions to improving the administration of justice.

The Kastenmeier Fund was created to recognize these contributions by fostering important legal scholarship in the fields of intellectual property, corrections, administration of justice, and civil liberties. It is a fitting tribute to the leadership of Robert W. Kastenmeier in these areas.

For more information on upcoming Kastenmeier lectures, please click here.

For a list of past lectures, please see below.  Video and law review article linked when available. 



  • 2017- I am the Captain Now: Resisting Piracy and Contortion in the Copyright Market by Maria A. Pallante (Law review article)




  • 2014- Just Mercy: Confronting Mass Incarceration and Excessive Punishment in America by Bryan Stevenson









  • 2006- The Law in Action: What the Bayh-Dole Act Means to the University of Wisconsin and the State of Wisconsin and and Effective National Science Policy by Carl Gulbrandsen (with remarks from Birch Bayh) (Law review article)







  • 2000- From the Bill of Rights to the Internet: Protecting Privacy Rights and Interests in the New Millennium by Martin Abrams, Deirdre Mulligan, Paul Schwartz, and moderator Robert Gellman (Law review article)


  • 1999- From Watergate to the Present: Impeachment, Presidential Accountability, and the Separation of Powers by Robert Drinan, Michael Gerhardt, Stanley Kutler, Frank Tuerkheimer, and moderator David Broder


  • 1997- The Transformation of American Copyright Law by Paul Goldstein (Law review article)


  • 1996- Political Extremism: Is It New, Is It Worse, Is It Curable? by Abner J. Mikva


  • 1995- Symposium: Is Effective Crime Policy Possible?


  • 1993- Symposium: Computer Software Protection: Reinventing Intellectual Property


  • 1992- Seen in a Glass Darkly: The Future of the Federal Court by William H. Rehnquist (Law review article)