|Paul LeBel presents faculty lecture Wednesday|
"Of Wrongs and Rights and Writers: A Wistful Memory of When I Had a Life" is the next talk in the University of North Dakota Faculty Lecture Series. Paul LeBel, dean of the UND School of Law, will give the talk Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.
In honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University and the 10th anniversary of the re-establishment of the lecture series at UND, the committee of Chester Fritz professors coordinating the University Faculty Lecture Series invited the deans of colleges to speak on their research. This occasion allows the deans to reflect on the important role that their scholarly work plays not only in their career path but in their work on campus today. And, again to break precedent a little, the committee commemorated President Charles Kupchella's tenure at UND by inviting him to give the opening lecture ("Chickens") Oct. 18. The lecture series is sponsored by the UND Office of the President.
Other upcoming lectures: TBA, Denny Elbert, dean of the UND College of Business and Public Administration; Thursday, April 10, Martha Potvin, dean of the UND College of Arts and Sciences; and Thursday, Sept. 11, Bruce Smith, dean of the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
Paul LeBel came to the University as dean of the School of Law in May 2004. He has a B.A. in American literature (1971) from George Washington University. After serving in the United States Air Force from 1971 to 1975, he attended law school at the University of Florida, earning his J.D. degree in 1977. Prior to North Dakota, he had served as dean and then on the faculty of the Florida State University College of Law. He was on the faculty of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary from 1982 to 1997, and was the James Goold Cutler Professor of Law during the last seven years of his tenure at William and Mary. LeBel's academic appointments have included the University of Alabama School of Law (1978-1982), as well as the University of Illinois and the University of Richmond as a visiting professor.
LeBel’s primary scholarly interest is in the field of tort and personal injury law, including products liability, mass tort litigation, workers’ compensation, and the relationship between tort law and the First Amendment. He has also taught and written about law and American literature.
LeBel and his wife, Lucinda, will celebrate their 35th anniversary in May. They have one daughter, Lisa, and a 20-month-old granddaughter, Sydney Allison, in Reston, Va.