Gene & Katy Simonds Lecture Past

Southern Illinois University



Gene & Katy Simonds Lecture Past



presented by Eileen Norcross

Director for the State and Local Policy Project and Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Lesar Law Building

Reception following the lecture in the Formal Lounge

See the invitation here

EILEEN NORCROSS is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. As director for the Mercatus Center’s State and Local Policy Project, she focuses on questions of public finance and how economic institutions support or hamper economic resiliency and civil society. She specializes in fiscal federalism and institutions, state and local government finance, public sector pensions, public administration, and economic development. She is the lead author of Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition.

Her work has been cited in various media outlets, and her op-eds have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Christian Science Monitor, US News & World Report, and Forbes. She blogs on state and local policy at Neighborhood Effects.

Norcross has testified before Congress on the Community Development Block Grant program, state and local pension underfunding, municipal bankruptcy, and the use of technology to monitor stimulus funding. She has also testified on fiscal and budgetary policies in Pennsylvania, Florida, California, New Hampshire, and Montana. Her academic publications include articles in the Maryland Journal and a book chapter in The Political Economy of Hurricane Katrina and Community Rebound, edited by Emily Chamlee-Wright and Virgil Henry Storr.

Previously, Norcross was a Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC; a consultant at KPMG’s transfer-pricing division; and a research analyst with Thompson Financial Securities Data. She received both her MA in economics and her BA in economics and American history from Rutgers University. 


Victor Hansen

"Recent and Current Reform Efforts to the Uniform Code of Military Justice"

presented by Victor Hansen

Thursday, April 6, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Lesar Law Building Auditorium

PROFESSOR VICTOR HANSEN teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, national security law and prosecutorial ethics at New England Law | Boston. Before joining the New England faculty in 2005, he served 20 years in the Army, with most of that time as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer. In his last military assignment, he served as a regional defense counsel for the Army Trial Defense Service. His previous assignments included work as a military prosecutor and supervising prosecutor. He has been involved in military capital litigation as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. He also served as an associate professor of law at the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Professor Hansen authored several articles on criminal and military law, evidence and national security issues, including an article published in the Gonzaga Law Review titled “Lessons from Abu Ghraib: Time for the U.S. to Adopt a Standard of Command Responsibility Towards its Own,” and co- authored an article in Roger Williams Law Review titled “The Case Against Secret Evidence.” Hansen also co-authored the treatises “Military Crimes and Defenses” and “Military Rules of Evidence,” both published by Lexis-Nexis. He has published op-eds in the Washington Post and other publications on military and national security topics, and he is a frequent media commentator on military legal topics. He has also testified before congressionally appointed commissions and other government agencies regarding military justice reform.

2015 (Inaugural) 

"Reclaiming the Heroes and Lessons of the Black Tradition of Arms"

presented by Nichols J. Johnson

Thursday, March 31, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Lesar Law Building Auditorium

Nicholas JohnsonNICHOLAS J. JOHNSON is a professor of law at Fordham University School of Law and teaches in the areas of contracts, environmental law and gun control/gun rights. He was a professor of legal studies in business at Franklin and Marshall College (1988-93), of counsel at Kirkpatrick and Lockhard (1990-93), vice president and co-owner of Westar Environmental Corp. (1988-90), and an associate at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius (1985-88). He is a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School.

He is the author of two books, “Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms” and “Firearms Law and the Second Amendment: Regulation, Rights and Policy” (with David B. Kopel, George A. Mocsary and Michael P. O’Shea), and numerous articles. He frequently contributes to the media, including National Review Library of Law and Liberty, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC News, The Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, ABC News and MSNBC.

Johnson’s work on firearms law has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United Sates, and he has testified before Congress on firearms law.