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Irving R. Segal Lecture

The Irving R. Segal Lecture in Trial Advocacy

The Segal Lecture in Trial Advocacy seeks to invite renowned oral advocates to speak at Penn Carey Law. This lecture series was established by the late Irving R. “Buddy” Segal C’35, L’38, who was a leading member of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP in Philadelphia. 

The 2017-2018 Segal Lecture

April 4, 2018

Drinking From a Poisoned Chalice Post 9/11: Defending the Rule of Law in the Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions

Brigadier General John G. Baker

U.S. Marine Corps, Chief Defense Counsel, Military Commissions Defense Organization, United States Department of Defense

Lecture Program



Breaking New Ground in the Law: Innovative Trial Advocacy in India and in International Courts

Harish Salve, Supreme Court litigator & former Solicitor General of India

Lecture Poster


Overcoming the Challenges of Prosecuting Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

Stephen J. Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues


The Joy of Lawyering: Partnership Agreements, Fee Agreements with Clients and Pretrial Agreements with Opposing Counsel

Steve Susman, Susman Godfrey LLP


The Tale of Litigation Before the Modern Supreme Court
Thomas Goldstein, Founding Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.


Unconventional Responses to Unique Catastrophes: Tailoring the Law to Meet the Challenges
Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation & Former Special Master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

2009-10 Shaping the Uncertain Future of Copyright and Patent Law
Seth Waxman, Former Solicitor General of the United States & Partner, Wilmer Hale LLP
2008-09 How Judges Know What They Know: The Sources of Judicial Knowledge
Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times & Joseph M. Goldstein Senior Fellow in Law at Yale Law School
2006-07 From a General Right of Privacy to Personal Autonomy
The Honorable A. Raymond Randolph, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
2004-05 The War on Terrorism and Civil Liberties
Mary Jo White, Esquire, Debevoise and Plimpton LLP
2003-04 Is the Growth of International Criminal Law a Threat to State Sovereignty?
The Honorable Louise Arbour - Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
2002-03 The First Amendment and the War Against Terrorism
Floyd Abrams, Esquire, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
2001-02 Limits of Law
David Boies, Esquire, Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP
2000-01 The Supreme Court and the Presidency
Walter E. Dellinger III, Esquire
1999-00 A Profession for the New Millennium
William G. Paul, Esquire, Crowe & Dunlevy
1998-99 The Invention of the Poison Pill
Martin Lipton, Esquire, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz
1996-97 Officer of the Court v. Executive Branch Advocate: The Solicitor General’s Ethical Dilemma
Professor Drew S. Days III
1995-96 You and Your Profession
Brenden V. Sullivan, Jr., Esquire, Williams & Connolly
Professor Drew S. Days III, Yale Law School
1994-95 Today’s Trial Lawyer: The Need for Ethical Considerations and Common Sense
The Honorable J. Clifford Wallace, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Ethical Representation of the High Profile Client
Robert S. Bennett, Esquire, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
1993-94 Joys of Advocacy
Arthur L. Liman, Esquire, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
1992-93 The Art of Cross Examination
F. Lee Bailey, Esquire, Baily Fishman & Leonard
1991-92 Modern Appellate Advocacy and the Structure of the Federal Judiciary
Kenneth W. Starr, Solicitor General of the United States
Fame and Fortune on Appeal: Or is there Balm in Gilead?
The Honorable Cecil Poole, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
1989-90 What You Need to Know That Law School Does Not Teach You
Shirley M. Hufstedler, Esquire, Hufstedler Miller Kaus & Beardsley
Women Trial Lawyers in America
Joan M. Hall, Esquire
1988-89 Litigation and Your Profession in the Year 2000
Ronald L. Olson, Esquire, Munger Tolles & Olson
Oral Argument on Appeal
The Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr., United States Supreme Court
1987-88 Blessed Are The Litigators: Unlimited Opportunities for Public Service
Leon Silverman, Esquire, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson
1986-87 The Life of a Trial Advocate
The Honorable Simon H. Rifkind

Segal Bio

Mr. Segal was a leading member of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP in Philadelphia, serving for a number of years as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. As a renowned trial attorney, he tried complex cases in the fields of antitrust, securities, communications, trade secrets, and ground and air transportation. He served as chief trial counsel for United Parcel Service for approximately 40 years, and represented AT&T and the Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania, NBC, and major film distribution companies. Mr. Segal argued extensively in state and federal appellate courts and lectured widely on the techniques and strategies of trial and appellate practice.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Segal graduated from the Law School first in his class; served on the Law Review’s editorial board, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers for three decades and served as a regent and secretary of the College. He was active on the College’s Committee on Federal Civil Procedural Rules and served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Tenure and Compensation, the Standing Committee on Improvements to the Federal Judiciary, and its Commission on Correctional Facilities and Services. He received the 50-year award from the ABA.