University of California, Los Angeles
Monday, April 14, 2014

Faith, Justice, and the Human Experience:

Two Professors Discuss Life's Deepest Questions.

April 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Korn Auditorium

About the Presenters
S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania

David Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author of Icarus in the Boardroom (Oxford, 2005) and Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001), as well as numerous articles and other publications. He has been interviewed on The News Hour, Nightline, Chris Matthews’ Hardball (MSNBC), National Public Radio, and Marketplace, among others, and has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other newspapers and magazines. Skeel has twice received the Harvey Levin award for outstanding teaching, as selected by a vote of the graduating class, and has also received the University’s Lindback Award for distinguished teaching. In addition to bankruptcy and corporate law, Skeel also writes on sovereign debt, Christianity and law, and poetry and the law, and is an elder at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. His newest book, True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of A Complex World (IVP) was released in September 2014.


Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles

Eugene Volokh is the Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law.  Volokh teaches free speech law, tort law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, and a First Amendment amicus brief clinic.  Volokh is the author of the textbooks The First Amendment and Related Statutes (5th ed. 2013), The Religion Clauses and Related Statutes (2005), and Academic Legal Writing (4th ed. 2010), as well as over 75 law review articles and over 80 op-eds.  He is founder and coauthor of "The Volokh Conspiracy," a Weblog that gets about 35-40,000 page views per weekday. He is among the five most cited then-under-45 faculty members listed in the Top 25 Law Faculties in Scholarly Impact, 2005-2009 study, and among the forty most cited faculty members on that list without regard to age. 

At the age of 12, Volokh began working as a computer programmer.  He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in math-computer science at age 15 and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law.  After law school, he clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Volokh is also an Academic Affiliate for the Mayer Brown LLP law firm.

History at University of California, Los Angeles

In 2013, The Veritas Forum at UCLA welcomed Ravi Zacharias to speak on "Is Tolerance Intolerant?" Exploring questions of acceptance, inclusion, tolerance —many deep issues of concern for us over the last several centuries.

In 2012, The Veritas Forum at UCLA asked, "Does God Care?" Why is there suffering? How do we deal with death? Is God relevant to how we deal with suffering? Dr. Michael Lill of UCLA presents an agnostic perspective and Dr. Raymond Barfield of Duke University offers the Christian perspective. 

In 2011, The Veritas Forum at UCLA hosted John Lennox on "Christianity & The Tooth Fairy: A Law Professor Questions an Oxford Mathematician." Does belief in Jesus Christ require a suspension of logic? UCLA's Daniel Lowenstein interviewed John Lennox with honest questions about Christianity and the grounds for faith.