Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series
Monday, November 14th at 4:30 p.m., Harned Hall 110
Washington State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers will examine
social issues addressed by the courts in the upcoming Saint Martin’s
University Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture. In the second
lecture of the 2011-12 series, Justice Chambers will discuss some of the
most controversial issues confronting the judicial system. The lecture,
“Judicial Reasoning: Same Sex Marriage and Other Current Issues,” begins
at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14, in Harned Hall, room 110, on the Saint
Martin’s University Lacey campus, 5000 Abbey Way, Lacey, Washington,
98503. The free event is open to the public.
Chambers has served for a decade on the state’s highest court,
following 30 years in private practice. He is particularly interested in
administrative, criminal, family and real estate law, as well as cases
involving personal injury and worker’s compensation. Additionally,
Chambers has served as president of the Washington State Bar
Association, the state chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. He has been honored
by many organizations for his community involvement and has written more
than 100 published articles and major papers.
The Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series, now in its sixth
year, was created by Saint Martin’s University Associate Professor of
Criminal Justice Robert Hauhart, Ph.D., J.D., the chair of the
Department of Society and Social Justice, to raise awareness of social
justice issues within the community and to honor the work of Robert A.
Harvie, J.D., former professor and chair of the Department of Criminal
Justice at Saint Martin’s.
“Law and the judicial role are sometimes misunderstood because there
is a lack of appreciation for the process of legal reasoning,” Professor
Hauhart says. “Justice Chambers is in an excellent position to educate
us on the process that judges undertake to apply legal principles to
contemporary problems. I am certain his presentation will be
thought-provoking and expand our intellectual grasp of the judicial