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 2015
The Executive Committee takes great pleasure
in announcing that that Professor Tracey L. Meares will
serve as the 2015 Coif Distinguished Visitor.
Tracey L. Meares
L. Meares is the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law
School. Before arriving at Yale
Law School, she was Max Pam Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice
at the University of Chicago Law School. She has held positions clerking for the Honorable Harlington
Wood, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division
of the United States Department of Justice.
Professor Meares' research interests have, for the last decade, centered upon understanding the relationship
between crime, violence and law in primarily urban communities. To that end she has written extensively on
constitutional criminal procedure, the sociology of the neighborhood structure and the social psychology of
legitimacy in policing. She has lectured on these topics extensively across the country to audiences of
academics, lay people, and police professionals.
Professor Meares has served two terms on the Committee on Law and Justice, a National Research Council
Standing Committee of the National Academy of Sciences. Additionally, she has served on two National
Research Council Review Committees: one to review research on police policy and practices and another
more recently to review the National Institute of Justice. In November of 2010, she was named by Attorney
General Eric Holder to sit on the Department of Justice's inaugural Science Advisory Board. Recently, along
with her colleague, Tom Tyler, she has agreed to undertake through their leadership of Yale Law School’s
Collaborative for Justice Policy Innovation, a collaborative with the Department of Justice, John Jay University
and the Center for Policing Equity at UCLA, a National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice.
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
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.
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 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 2015.
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: December 1, 2014
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