Denton Darrington Annual Lecture on Law and Government
The Denton Darrington Lecture 2022
"A Profound Threat: Rising Challenges to Democracy around the World"
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
4:30 p.m. PST / 5:30 p.m. MST
Moscow – Menard College of Law, 875 Perimeter Drive, Room 103
Boise – College of Law, 501 W. Front Street, Room 107
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The University of Idaho College of Law, the U of I McClure Center for Public Policy Research, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the Idaho State Bar and Law Foundation invites teachers and their students to attend a presentation by Harvard Business School Professor David Moss on "A Profound Threat: Rising Challenges to Democracy around the World". Dr. Moss’s remarks will consider how, after spreading rapidly in the late twentieth century, democracy has been on the defensive around the world – and arguably receding – in the twenty-first century. He will explore what’s happened, what it means, and what can be done, drawing especially on the history of democracy and past democratic breakdowns to help make sense of this tectonic shift and how it might be reversed.
Dr. Moss developed a case-based curriculum for Harvard students on the "History of American Democracy" that is now taught in high schools nationwide and across Idaho, helping to make complex concepts accessible to high school students and improve civic discourse. Dr. Moss hosts workshops with U.S. history, government, and civics teachers in high schools throughout the United States to train them to use the case method in their courses. A contingent of Idaho teachers participated in an August 2021 workshop. Dr. Moss’s work is widely acclaimed as an effective method to improve retention of the instruction material and civic discourse in classrooms. He has been to Boise previously. On February 28, 2019, the U of I McClure Center for Public Policy Research arranged for Dr. Moss to come to Idaho and speak in the Lincoln Auditorium on the topic of Bringing History to Life: Creating the U.S. Constitution. We are excited to bring Dr. Moss back into Idaho to discuss the case method, furthering the Darrington Lecture’s goal “to address a wide range of topics related to the improved administration of justice and features national, state, and regional speakers to address Idaho citizens, students, and officials from all three branches of government.”
Past Darrington Lectures
The 2019 Denton Darrington Lecture was held Wednesday, February 27. The lecture, titled “Civility, Humility, and Interbranch Relations” was given by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady.
The 2018 Denton Darrington Annual Lecture on Law and Government was held Thursday, March 22. The lecture was titled "Liberty and Justice for Some" and discussed the subject of access to justice. The lecture was given by Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht.
The 2017 Denton Darrington Lecture was held Thursday February 9th. The lecture topic was "Pretrial Justice Reform: Promoting Public Safety and Constitutional Rights Through Evidence-Based Release and Detention." The lecture was given by the Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, Chief Justice Charles Daniels.
The 2016 Denton Darrington Lecture was held on Monday, February 8th, at the Idaho Law and Justice Learning Center. The lecture featured Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis former Justice for the Colorado Supreme Court and current Executive Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. Her lecture was entitled, “Building the Just, Speedy and Inexpensive Civil Courts of Tomorrow: Why We Cannot Afford to Fail.”
The 2015 Denton Darrington Lecture was held on Thursday, February 5th, at the Idaho Supreme Court. The lecture featured Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO of the National Constitution Center and a professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he explores issues involving the future of technology and the Constitution.
About the Denton Darrington Lectures
The Denton Darrington Annual Lecture on Law and Government is sponsored by University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the Idaho State Bar and Law Foundation. The lecture series is designed to address a wide range of topics related to the improved administration of justice and features national, state, and regional speakers to address Idaho citizens, students, and officials from all three branches of government.