Jeffrey S. Lehman to present 20th Annual Coffin Lecture

Aug. 28, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine – Jeffrey S. Lehman, a leader in American higher education and in ground-breaking collaboration with universities in China, will present the 20th Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service this fall. The Lecture will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Portland Museum of Art.

Lehman is founding vice chancellor of NYU Shanghai, as well as chancellor and founding dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law. He formerly was president of Cornell University and dean of the University of Michigan Law School.

The lecture series, sponsored by the University of Maine School of Law, honors the late Judge Frank M. Coffin, longtime federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, former member of Congress, and renowned leader and mentor in public service.As this year’s Distinguished Coffin Lecturer, Lehman will discuss “Worldly Public Service.”

The Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen was founded in 2008 as the first law school in China with an educational program modeled on American legal education. NYU Shanghai, a collaboration between East China Normal University and New York University, is a comprehensive research university opening in 2013 with a liberal arts and science college in China’s financial capital. It is the first American university with independent legal status approved by China’s Ministry of Education.

Early in his career, Lehman served as law clerk to Chief Judge Frank M. Coffin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and as law clerk to Associate Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. After legal practice in Washington D.C., he was a law professor at the University of Michigan, where he had earned graduate degrees in law and public policy.

He serves today as chair of the board of Infosys Public Services, as a nonresident senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, as a director of Infosys Ltd,, and as an American representative in the U.S.-China Legal Experts Dialogue. His many honors include the Friendship Award from the People’s Republic of China, the National Equal Justice Award from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and an honorary doctorate from Peking University.

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