The William H. Orrick Lecture Series

The Orrick Lecture Series, established in 2004, was made possible by a generous donation from Suzanne Orrick in memory of her late husband, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick Jr. CdeP 1932. Judge Orrick had been a longstanding and loyal devotee and supporter of the School throughout his life. The lecture series named in his honor aims to educate students about the U.S. legal system, jurisprudence, legal ethics, and the public service done by attorneys and judges so that they may serve their communities and make a difference in the world after their time at Thacher. Every year brings a new theme, but the judge’s favorite ice cream bar is always served at the end of the night.

  • Tom CdeP 1987 and Linda Cole, humanitarian activists
  • Clarence B. Jones, former advisor and friend of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Rena Karefa-Johnson CdeP 2005, former law student and activist at Harvard Law School and attorney working on criminal justice reform
  • Enrique Morones, immigration activist and founder of Border Angels
  • Stephen Nasser, a Holocaust survivor and author of My Brother’s Voice
  • Dawn Porter, the documentary filmmaker who made Gideon’s Army
  • Brandale Randolph CdeP 1994is the founder of 1854 Cycling Company.
  • Jonathan Rapping, founder and president of Gideon's Promise
  • Dr. Elyn Saks, USC professor, author, and expert on mental health law
  • Kim Turner CdeP 1998, nonprofit attorney working on gender and LGBTQ equity cases
  • Tim Wise, anti-racism activist, writer, and speaker
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