John P. Frank Memorial Lecture

Janet Murguía—President and CEO, UnidosUS

April 23, 2019

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Join us in 2020 as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the John P. Frank Memorial Lecture. 

Details will be posted as they become available.


The John P. Frank Lecture is the School of Social Transformation's signature annual event. The endowed lecture series honors the memory of attorney John P. Frank (1917-­2002), a leader in the Arizona legal community and one of our nation's great legal minds.

We thank the individuals and organizations whose support expanded the John P. Frank Memorial Lecture into an endowed Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the School of Social Transformation.

Make a gift to the John P. Frank Memorial Lecture Endowment.

Contact the School of Social Transformation to learn more about the lecture at (480­) 965-­7682.

Read the edited collection of the first 12 lectures in Law and the Quest for Justice.

About John P. Frank

John P. Frank is recognized as part of the team that represented Ernesto Miranda before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1966 – the case in which the High Court ruled that suspects must be advised of their right to legal counsel. Frank wrote or delivered arguments for numerous First Amendment and desegregation cases and made important contributions to the historical brief for Brown v. Board of Education. He is remembered as well for his expertise in civil procedure and standards for judicial disqualification. A lawyer, constitutional scholar, historian, author and mentor, his opinion was sought by presidents and Supreme Court justices and he was influential in shaping public policy in Arizona and the nation.

The series, which focuses on pressing justice issues of our time, honors Frank's life-long commitments to justice, scholarship and law. Justice and Social Inquiry is proud to host the John P. Frank Lecture, which has been made possible through the generosity of the Phoenix law firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (formerly Lewis and Roca), which Frank joined in 1954, and Frank's many friends and admirers.

Past Lecturers

April 23, 2019
Janet Murguía
"The Quest for Latino Educational Equity"

February 5, 2018
Anita Hill
"Reimagining Leadership: New Models for Combating Workplace Sexual Harassment and Assault"

January 23, 2017
Sonia Sotomayor
"An Evening with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor"

April 19, 2016
Nan Aron
"The Battle Over the Supreme Court: Politics or Justice"

April 6, 2015
Jose Antonio Vargas
"An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas"

May 6, 2014
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"A Conversation with Ruth Bader Ginsburg"

February 25, 2013
Gail Collins
"When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present"

February 20, 2012
Erwin Chemerinsky
"States' Rights in the 21st Century: Immigration, Health Care, and Gay Marriage"

February 11, 2011
Nina Totenberg
"A Conversation with Nina Totenberg"

March 25, 2010
Janet Napolitano
"Meeting New and Evolving Threats to Our National Security"

March 19, 2009
Robert Reich
"Will Our Children Live As Well?"

March 20, 2008
Judith Resnik
"Representing Justice, from Renaissance Iconography to 21st Century Courthouses"

February 15, 2007
Linda Greenhouse
"Change and Continuity on the Supreme Court"

February 9, 2006
Geoffrey Stone
"Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime, from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism"

February 3, 2005
Jack Greenberg
"Brown v. Board at 50: Still Contested, Still Right"

February 5, 2004
Anthony Lewis
"Guarding our Freedoms"

February 12, 2003
John Echohawk
"Native American Rights in the 21st Century"

February 26, 2002
Antonia Hernandez
"American Citizenship Post 9/11"

February 15, 2001
Charles J. Ogletree Jr.
"The Challenge of Achieving Racial Justice in the New Millennium"

February 18, 2000
Lani Guinier presents the inaugural John P. Frank Lecture