The D.B. Goodman Fellowship was established in memory of the late David B. Goodman, Q.C. of Toronto by members of his family, friends and professional associates with the intention of bringing to the law school, on an annual basis, a distinguished member of the practising bar or bench for a few days of teaching and informal discussions with the student body and faculty.

It was the intention of the founders of this fellowship that the Goodman Fellow would, on the one hand, bring to the Faculty the benefit of insights and ideas gained from long experience in the practical application of the law and, on the other hand, himself or herself be refreshed by a short return to the academic legal community.

2019-20 Annual David B. Goodman Lecture

Gillian Lester 

Gillian Lester
Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law at Columbia Law School

"The Evolving Role of the University in Civil Society."

 Thursday, January 9, 2020

4:10 pm
Rosalie Silberman Abella Moot Court Room (J250)
Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen's Park 

Gillian Lester is Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She joined the Law School in 2015 as its 15th dean.

As a nationally recognized authority on employment law and policy, Lester’s research focuses on exploring workplace intellectual property law, public finance policy, and the design of social insurance laws and regulations.

Lester began her teaching career in 1994 at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, where she later became a full professor in 1999. In 2006, Lester joined the Berkeley Law faculty, where—in addition to serving as acting dean from 2012 to 2014—she was the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law and the Werner and Mimi Wolfen Research Professor. Lester also co-directed the Berkeley Center for Health, Economic and Family Security and was the Associate Dean for the J.D. Program and Curricular Planning.

She is the author of numerous academic books and articles and is a co-author of Employment Law: Cases and Materials, Sixth Edition, one of the leading casebooks in the field. Lester is also a member of the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools, a member of the American Law Institute, and she served as an adviser to the ALI Restatement of Employment Law.

An alumna of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (LLB 1990), Gillian Lester was featured in the 2019 issue of Nexus magazine.

See the Goodman Lecture archives to find out information about past lectures, including in some cases a description, the text, or a video of the lecture.