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    Author and Legal Analyst Susan Estrich to Discuss Rape Laws in the U.S.

    Feb 4, 2010

    Best-selling author and nationally-recognized political and legal analyst Susan Estrich will discuss rape and sexual assault laws in the United States in a lecture titled "Don't Say No, Say Rape." The speech will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 3, in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on the Stockton Campus of University of the Pacific. It is free and open to the public. She also will talk to law students at Pacific's Sacramento campus.

    Attorney and author Susan EstrichEstrich is the author of numerous books and articles about law, politics and women, including "Sex & Power" and "The Case for Hillary Clinton." She is best known in academic circles for work on the law of sexual assault, notably her book "Real Rape," which was called a "vital book for judges, lawyers, law students, legislators, police officers, and those working in rape crisis centers" by the Christian Science Monitor and has been praised by numerous book critics and legal experts.

    "Navigating the myriad criminal and civil laws governing rape and sexual
    misconduct - which can vary significantly from state to state - can pose a daunting challenge for a victim seeking justice and healing," said Elizabeth Griego, vice president for student life at Pacific. "Susan Estrich is viewed as one of the top legal minds in the country in the field of sexual misconduct, and we are pleased that she will take time out of her busy schedule to discuss this important subject at Pacific."

    A syndicated columnist, Estrich has worked on an array of high-profile cases in the last two decades, representing clients such as Michael Milken. In January 2008 she joined the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges, LLP doing complex civil and criminal litigation.

    Estrich also is a Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Southern California. She regularly appears as the "house liberal" on FOX News and is often employed as an advisor or commentator during presidential campaigns. She served as Gov. Michael Dukakis' campaign manager during the 1988 presidential election, becoming the first woman in the United States to run a national presidential campaign. Estrich also was the first woman president of the Harvard Law Review and was the youngest woman to be tenured at Harvard Law School.

    She has been a senior advisor to four presidential campaigns, has written briefs on reproductive rights for the Supreme Court, and clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens.

    Besides her speech on the Stockton campus, Estrich will travel to Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento on March 4 to guest lecture to law students. That event is by invitation only.

    Her visit to the Stockton and Sacramento campuses of Pacific is sponsored by nearly 20 campus and community organizations, including Pacific's Gender Studies program, Pacific Legal Scholars Program, the Pacific chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the San Joaquin Bar Association and the Women's Center of San Joaquin County.