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Braun Memorial Symposium

One of the Law School's annual signature events, the Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposia honor the legacy of Joseph H. Braun (JD 1918) and his wife, Belle. The first event was held as a lecture in 1989, the year of Mr. Braun's passing, before becoming a formal series. The series has since evolved into a robust annual symposium format, featuring distinguished panels and prominent speakers, that tackles some of society's most consequential topics, including constitutional law, criminal law, environmental law, human rights, and more.

Since the first lecture, the Law School’s Braun Memorial Symposium has addressed outstanding and timely topics of importance to attorneys, faculty, and students. As an alumnus and representative of the Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Fund, I’m proud that the Law School has always devoted the Braun funds to such major areas of impact.

Joseph D. Ament (JD 1962)  |  Braun Fund Representative

About Joseph H. Braun (JD 1918) Heading link

Joseph H. Braun graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 1918 and was married to Belle R. Braun for many years. Much of his legal career was devoted to legislative issues involving licensing of motorists and highway safety. He served the AAA-Chicago Motor Club in a variety of positions, including General Counsel, Vice President, Director, and Corporate Secretary. In 1984, he was elected Director and General Counsel Emeritus.

Mr. Braun wrote the legislation for the first driver’s license law in Illinois. He served as Chairperson of the National Committee on the Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances, which developed model ordinances and statutes. Additionally, he served as legal counsel to the Illinois Conference on Highway Safety Legislation and, as a mentor to the Illinois Insurance Commission, he was instrumental in drafting the State of Illinois Insurance Code in 1935. Throughout his career, he exemplified the highest standards of professionalism and integrity.

Upon his passing in January 1989, he made a generous bequest to the Law School to support this memorial series.

Past Symposia & Lectures Heading link

November 18, 2022

27th Annual Symposium

Environmental Justice and Human Rights in the Americas and the Caribbean

October 15, 2021

26th Annual Symposium

Creating Health Equity: Transformational Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World

October 30, 2020

25th Annual Symposium

Cutting Through Academic Silos to Achieve Sustainability

November 9, 2018

24th Annual Symposium

Blockchain & the Law: Risks, Challenges, and Opportunities

November 3-4, 2016

23rd Annual Symposium

Restorative Justice in Action: Charting a More Humane Path for Our Criminal Justice System

October 15-16, 2015

22nd Annual Symposium

Art Restitution, Preservation of Cultural Heritage & Human Right to Identity

July 10-11, 2014

21st Annual Symposium

International Elder Law & Policy

September 27-28, 2012

20th Annual Symposium

The Development of Privacy Law from Brandeis to Today

March 4, 2011

2011 John Marshall Law Review Symposium

The Impact of Citizens United: Corporate Speech in the 2010 Elections

April 23, 2010

19th Memorial Lecture

International Justice in the 21st Century: The Law & Politics of the International Criminal Court

April 24, 2009

18th Memorial Lecture

Organizing & Law in the Obama Era: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Saul Alinsky’s Birth

April 18, 2008

17th Memorial Lecture

The Criminal Law Edit, Alignment & Reform Initiative: A Symposium on the New Illinois Criminal Code

Spring 2007

16th Memorial Lecture

Disaster Readiness, Response & Relief: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

October 13, 2006

15th Memorial Lecture

Professor Derrick Bell’s Perspective—Accepting Extinction: Will Christian Doctrine Prove Our Enemy Rather Than Our Salvation?

March 23, 2006

14th Memorial Lecture

Chief Justice John Marshall’s Court and the Problem of Race: Slaves, Free Blacks & American Indians

October 3, 2003

13th Memorial Lecture

Marbury v. Madison and Judicial Review: Legitimacy, Tyranny & Democracy

April 27, 2001

12th Distinguished Lecture

Fatal Attractions: Media Violence & American Culture

April 18, 2000

11th Distinguished Lecture

The International Crime of Genocide: The Theoretical Underpinnings of a 20th Century Evil and the Enforcement of Crimes Against Humanity by Application of International Law Standards and Domestic Laws

April 22, 1999

10th Distinguished Lecture

The Trouble with Principle: Hate Speech & Liberal Proceduralism

April 30, 1998

9th Distinguished Lecture

From Dolly to Dr. Seed: What, If Anything, Is Wrong with Cloning

June 1997

8th Distinguished Lecture

Human Rights in Cyberspace

October 17, 1996

7th Distinguished Lecture & Symposium

Furman, Felker, and Beyond: The Death Penalty in the United States

April 5, 1995

6th Distinguished Lecture

Developments of Democratic Institutions & the Rule of Law in the Former Soviet Union

November 4, 1994

5th Distinguished Lecture

Corporate Governance: From Four Perspectives

April 29, 1993

3rd Distinguished Lecture

Towards Achieving Racial Diversity: The Politics of Race in the Legal Profession

April 16, 1992

2nd Distinguished Lecture

The Rule of Law in an Emerging New World

April 23, 1991

Distinguished Lecture

Prospects for the 1991 Conference on Environment and Development