DISTINGUISHED VISITOR PROGRAM
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 2013
The Executive Committee takes great pleasure
in announcing that that Professor Kenji Yoshino will
serve as the 2012 Coif Distinguished Visitor.
Yoshino is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional
Law at NYU School of Law.
He was educated at Harvard (B.A. 1991), Oxford (M.Sc. 1993 as a Rhodes Scholar), and Yale Law School
(J.D. 1996). After clerking for Judge Guido Calabresi on the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, he
taught at Yale Law School from 1998 to 2008. At that institution, he served as Deputy Dean (2005-06) and
became the inaugural Guido Calabresi Professor in 2006. His fields are constitutional law, anti-
discrimination law, and law and literature.
Yoshino's first book, Covering the
Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights was published in 2006.
won several awards and was assigned as the "first year" book to be read by all incoming students at four
colleges. His second book, A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About
Justice, was published in 2011. His third book, on same-sex marriage is under contract with Crown, a
division of Random House.
has published in a range of academic journals, including The Columbia Law Review, The Harvard
Law Review, The Stanford Law Review, and The Yale Law Journal. He has also written for more popular
forums including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He makes
regular appearances on various radio and television programs, such as NPR's The Takeaway and PBS's
Charlie Rose and a variety of shows on MSNBC. In 2011 he was elected to the Harvard Board of
Any school with a chapter of
The Order of the Coif may host a distinguished visitor Priority
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.
OBLIGATION OF HOST SCHOOL
The national office of the Order
will provide an honorarium for the Coif Distinguished Visitor and will
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.
office of the Order issues invitations to the Distinguished Visitor and
about the visitors on this website.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND CRITERIA
1. The Distinguished
Visitors for the following academic year will be selected and chapters
notified during the summer.
to host a Coif Lecture should be submitted by October 15. 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 November.
3. Applications for designation
as host school for a Coif Distinguished Visitor must be in writing and
> Name(s) of proposed host school(s);Since the visits must be arranged for a time compatible with the Visitors other obligations, it is
> Proposed dates (see below);
> Statement of any special reasons this application should be granted (e.g., special
anniversary of the school, etc.)
Host School: _____________________________________________________________________APPLICATION TO HOST A
of Distinguished Visitor Sought: ________________________________________________
Proposed Dates (Include as many potential dates as possible for maximum flexibility)
Special Reason this Application Should Be Granted:
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.
DEADLINE: October 15
RETURN TO: Laura N.
The Order of the Coif
University of North Carolina
Law Library, CB # 3385
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3385
OR ATTACH AS EMAIL MESSAGE: firstname.lastname@example.org
And forward Dean's
statement, signature and date by