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 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

 Tracey 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 will be 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 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 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);
 > 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:  December 1, 2014

RETURN TO: Laura N. Gasaway
   National Secretary-Treasurer
   The Order of the Coif
   University of North Carolina
   Law Library, CB # 3385
   Chapel Hill,  NC  27599-3385


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