Notre Dame Law Professor Sean O’Brien will deliver the 2009 Hesburgh Lecture for the Notre Dame Club of Houston on October 27, 2009 at 7 p.m. The lecture is titled “Human Rights in the Americas” and is presented by the Notre Dame Club of Houston, the University of St. Thomas’ Center for International Studies and the William J. Young Social Justice Institute. The location for the event is at the University of St. Thomas, Crooker Center.
Since 1986, the Hesburgh Lecture Series has brought a taste of Notre Dame’s academic excellence to alumni and their local communities. The lectures, hosted by Notre Dame Clubs, have perpetuated the example of President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., as a lifelong learner.
Prof. O’Brien is Assistant Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights and Concurrent Assistant Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School. He joined the Center in 2005, bringing with him his experience in international and domestic human rights work. He holds three degrees from the University of Notre Dame, most recently graduating summa cum laude from the Center’s LL.M. program in 2002. His experience includes work with the Belfast law firm of Madden & Finucane before the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in Derry, Northern Ireland and litigation with the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights. Immediately prior to his return to Notre Dame, he served as Chief Counsel for Immigration and Human Rights at the Center for Multicultural Human Services (CMHS) in Falls Church, Va., directing a legal services program for survivors of torture and war trauma.