Public Policy Lecture

Public Policy Lecture Series 

In 2008, MCLA announced the establishment of the Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy lecture series, making public policy forums an ongoing part of the College's long-term speaker offerings, in complement to MCLA's major in political science and public policy.  The series is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth E. Proud Charitable Trust. 

Amanda Tyler

Supreme Court Expert; UC Berkeley Law Professor; Author of “Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union”  


Wednesday, October 25 -

Thursday, October 26, 2023


Wednesday, October 25 

Class Visits on Campus 

Thursday, October 26

Student and Faculty Question and Answer Session
4:15 P.M., Freel Library

Lecture, Free and Open to the Public 

Topic: "Supreme Court Round Up"


Tyler gives audiences a behind-the-curtain look at the history and procedures of the nation's highest court, exploring notable decisions, the quirks and personalities of current and prior courts.

For More Information or Zoom Details Call 413.662.5224


Register for Zoom HERE 
Please note this is an exclusive LIVE event, there will be no recording available following the event. 

Amanda L. Tyler is the Shannon Cecil Turn Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches and writes about the Supreme Court, the federal courts, constitutional law, legal history, and procedure.  Tyler is the author of several books, including Justice, Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union, with the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg (University of California Press 2021, paperback edition Simon & Schuster 2023), Habeas Corpus: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2021), and Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay (Oxford University Press 2017) (paperback 2019), the latter of which the American Bar Association named a finalist for its 2018 Silver Gavel Award.  Tyler is also a co-editor of Hart and Wechsler’s The Federal Courts and the Federal System (Foundation Press), a highly influential legal treatise and casebook since its first publication in 1953 now going into its eighth edition.  In addition, Tyler has published numerous scholarly articles and written for a range of popular sources.  She has appeared on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN, among others, and spoken at venues around the world.  Tyler is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a past Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor, and a past Chair of the Federal Courts Section of the American Association of Law Schools.  At Berkeley Law, Tyler has won the Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction and been chosen by her students to deliver the faculty address at graduation.

Tyler holds a degree in Public Policy, with honors and distinction, from Stanford University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School.  Prior to entering academia, Tyler served as a law clerk to the Honorable Guido Calabresi at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court of the United States.  She also practiced with the law firm of Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C.  A former member of the Division I Women’s Soccer Team at Stanford, Tyler has run 21 marathons, including thirteen Boston Marathons as a qualifier.