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Donahue Lecture Series

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The Honorable Frank J. Donahue (1881–1979)


The Suffolk University Law Review sponsors the Donahue Lecture Series, which annually attracts lecturers from among the nation’s top legal scholars and jurists.  Each Donahue Lecturer is an exceptionally prominent legal scholar who delivers a lecture at Suffolk University Law School that forms the basis for a Lead Article to be published in the Law Review shortly thereafter.

The Law Review instituted this lecture series in 1980 to commemorate the Honorable Frank J. Donahue, former faculty member, trustee, and treasurer of Suffolk University.  Judge Donahue graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1921, and served as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts for forty-two years — the longest term in that court’s history.  As Chairman of the Law School Committee of the Board of Trustees, Judge Donahue played an active role in the expansion of the faculty, library, and other facilities at the law school.  For many years, he served as president of the Law School Alumni Association and, in that capacity, personally raised thousands of dollars of scholarship funds to promote, encourage, and reward the pursuit of scholastic excellence.

Over the years, the Donahue Lecture Series has featured a number of outstanding legal scholars and jurists, including Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Associate Justices Antonin Scalia, Stephen G. Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor, Judge Richard A. Posner, former United States Attorney General Edwin Meese III, consumer protection activist Ralph Nader, and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Linda Greenhouse.