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.

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.

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

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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.

Lifetime Donors

Frank Founding Partner - Gifts of $50,000 or more

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Frank Senior Partner - Gifts of $25,000 or more

Dr. Mary Margaret Fonow and Ms. Corinne Dillon

Mr. Jerome Hirsch

Whiteman Foundation / Jack Whiteman

Frank Partner - Gifts of $15,000 or more

Mr. Jose A. Cardenas

Mr. Joseph E. and Mrs. Sarah McGarry

Hon. Patricia K. Norris and Dr. Geoffrey W. Gates

Mr. James P. and Mrs. Judith Walsh

Frank Associate - Gifts of $10,000 or more

Hon. Dawn M. Bergin 

Ms. Uta Behrens  

Mr. John P. and Mrs. Lorraine W. Frank

The Family of John P. Frank

Ms. Susan M. Freeman

Mr. Richard and Mrs. Susan Goldsmith

Mr. Marty and Mrs. Kathy Harper

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Dr. Marjorie S. Zatz

Join us

Join us as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the John P. Frank Memorial Lecture with Emily Bazelon, author of two national bestsellers, Charged and Sticks and Stones.

She’s a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School, and a co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, a popular weekly podcast. Before joining the Times Magazine, Emily was a writer and editor for nine years at Slate. She was also a regular guest on the Colbert Report and her work has appeared in outlets including the Atlantic, the Washington Post, Vogue, and This American Life. Emily is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.

When: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020, 6 p.m. Doors Open, 6:30 p.m. Lecture Begins

Where: ASU School of Music, Evelyn Smith Music Theatre.

Save the Date for the 20th Anniversary of the John P. Frank Memorial Lecture

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