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 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
is a Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
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.
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.
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
given 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
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 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);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: September 30, 2016
RETURN TO VIA E-MAIL TO:
National Secretary-Treasurer, The 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