Pursuant to its historic purpose of promoting excellence in legal scholarship, The Order of
the Coif sponsors a program that  enables chapters to bring distinguished members of the legal
profession to their campuses. Each year the Executive Committee will invite one or more
distinguished judges, academics, or practitioners to visit several law schools that have established
Coif chapters. The Distinguished Visitor spends two days at each of the institutions he or she
visits, participating in classroom lectures and seminars, meeting informally with faculty and student
groups, and giving one address open to the entire academic community.  The purpose of the program
is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by fostering an exchange of ideas with individuals
whose experiences and ideas may be expected to stimulate discussion about important issues
confronting the legal profession.

    The Distinguished Visitor Program replaced the Lecture Series in 2004.

                                                       Coif Distinguished Visitor 2017

     The Executive Committee takes great pleasure in announcing that Professor Amanda L. Tyler is the
Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor for 2017.

                                                                    Amanda L. Tyler     

      Amanda L. Tyler is a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She
previously served on the faculty of the George Washington University Law School and has been a
visiting professor at Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, and the University of
Virginia, School of Law.

      Professor Tyler holds a degree in Public Policy, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University,
and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.  Following law school, Professor Tyler clerked for
Judge Guido Calabresi at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and for Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court of the United States.  Professor Tyler next practiced with the law
firm of Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C.  Her research and teaching interests include federal courts,
constitutional law, civil procedure, and statutory interpretation.

     Professor Tyler recently became an editor for Hart and Wechsler’s FEDERAL COURTS AND THE
FEDERAL SYSTEM, and she is currently writing a book under contract with Oxford University Press on
how the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus has functioned historically in times of war. Professor Tyler’s
recent articles include A “Second Magna Carta”: The English Habeas Corpus Act and the Statutory Origins
of the Habeas Privilege, 91 Notre Dame Law Review ( forthcoming 2016); Habeas Corpus and the American
Revolution, 103 California Law Review 635 (2015); and The Forgotten Core Meaning of the Suspension
Clause, 125 Harvard Law Review 901 (2012).


     Any school with a chapter of The Order of the Coif may host a distinguished visitor  Priority will be
to those institutions that do not have extensive resources on which to draw for similar programs
or that for
other reasons may have difficulty in doing so and which have not recently hosted a
distinguished visitor.



     The national office of the Order provides an honorarium for the Coif Distinguished Visitor and pays
for his or her transportation to the host school. The host school is responsible for the expense of his or her
meals, lodging, and local transportation. In addition, the host school undertakes to provide publicity for the
Visitor's lecture sufficient to bring it to the attention of all segments of the campus, the local professional
community, including bench, bar, and law students.


    The national office of the Order issues invitations to the Distinguished Visitor and posts information
about the visitors on this website.   


      1.  The Distinguished Visitors for the following academic year will be selected and chapters
notified during the summer.

      2.    Applications to host a Coif Lecture should be submitted by December 1. The national office, in
consultation with the Visitor, will then arrange a series of visits from among the schools that have
expressed an interest.  Applicant schools should not communicate directly with the Distinguished Visitor.
Designated host schools will be notified of their selection in no later than January 2016.

     3.  Applications for designation as host school for a Coif Distinguished Visitor must be in writing and

 > Name(s) of proposed host school(s);
 > Proposed dates (see below);
 > Statement of any special reasons this application should be granted (e.g., special
    anniversary of the school, etc.)
Since the visits must be arranged for a time compatible with the Visitors other obligations, it is
desirable to suggest as many dates as possible that would be consistent with the school's schedule.

Host School:   _____________________________________________________________________

Joint Host:     ______________________________________________________________________

Name of Distinguished Visitor Sought:   ________________________________________________

Proposed Dates  (Include as many potential dates as possible for maximum flexibility)







Special Reason this Application Should Be Granted:

Dean's Statement:  I am acquainted with the obligations of a school undertaking the sponsorship
of an Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor and state that the applicant school is willing and able to
discharge these obligations.


         School ___________________________________________________

           Date _____________________________________________________

DEADLINE:  September 30, 2016


    Laura N. Gasaway
    National Secretary-TreasurerThe Order of the Coif

And forward Dean's statement, signature and date by regular mail to:

    Sandra R. Jones
    6530 Kimesville Road
    Liberty, NC  27298