Virtual Event: Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law

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Date(s) - Thursday 2 July 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


On Thursday 2 July at 5 pm BST, 9 am PST Girtonians are warmly invited to join (via Zoom)

The Rt Hon. The Baroness Hale of Richmond

President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom 2017-20, and Visitor, Girton College, Cambridge

in virtual conversation with

Professor Adam Winkler

UCLA School of Law


Join us for a unique opportunity to hear two leading lawyers discussing the fundamental tenets of constitutional law in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Host: Professor Jennifer Mnookin, Dean of UCLA School of Law

Moderator: Dr Dennis Grube, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge.


Please register in advance for this webinar:


The confirmation email contains instructions on how to submit questions ahead of this event. Please note that this webinar will be recorded and that a recording will be available after the event for those unable to attend.


This event has been organised by the London Girton Association working with Girton College, Cambridge and UCLA School of Law.


Speaker biographies

The College Visitor, Lady Hale

The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond known as Lady Hale, was the first from her school to go to Cambridge, where she read Law, arriving at Girton in 1963.  After graduating with top honours she started her career teaching Law at Manchester University, also qualifying as a barrister and practising for a while at the Manchester Bar.  Eventually, her academic specialisms were in family and social welfare law.

In 1984 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Law Commission, a body charged to keep the law of England and Wales under review and to recommend reforms.  Important legislation resulting from her work includes the Children Act 1989, the Family Law Act 1996, and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

In 1994 Lady Hale became a High Court judge, the first to have made her career as an academic and public servant, rather than as a practising barrister.  In 1999 she was the second woman to be promoted to the Court of Appeal, before becoming the first female Law Lord.  In October 2009 she became the first woman Justice of the Supreme Court, eventually becoming its President from 2017 until her retirement in 2020.  She is a Dame of the Order of the British Empire, a Fellow of the British Academy, and holds honorary doctorates from 27 universities as well as Fellowship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Lady Hale is fully involved in the life of Girton as its fourth Visitor, succeeding her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.  An inspiring role model for Girton, she is a champion for equality: for women, of course, but for all under-represented communities, whether because of their class, gender, sexual orientation or ethnic background.  In her valedictory speech on her retirement from the Supreme Court she concluded “If Judge Brenda has inspired a younger generation to believe in the ideals of justice, fairness and equality and to think that they might put them into practice, Judge Brenda will retire content.”


Professor Adam Winkler is a specialist in American constitutional law, the US Supreme Court and gun policy.  He was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of Georgetown University and New York University School of Law, which honoured him with the Legal Teaching Award for outstanding alumni in legal academia.  He also has a master’s degree in Political Science (American Political Development) from UCLA.  He clerked for David Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and practised law at Katten Muchin in Los Angeles where he was on a litigation team that represented the late Michael Jackson in a highly publicised child molestation case.

Prior to joining the UCLA faculty in 2002, he was the joint M. Olin Fellow at the University of Southern California Law School’s Center in Law, Economics and Organization.  He serves on the board of directors of the Brennan Centre for Justice and the American Constitution Society.  A regular commentator and writer on legal issues, he served as Co-editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (2nd Edition) and is author of “Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights” (2018)  and “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America” (2011).  His scholarship has been cited in landmark Supreme Court cases on the First and Second Amendments, and he is one of the twenty most cited law professors in judicial opinions today.