Previous CIVIC Forum Events

Freedom of Speech

May 2018

Speaker: Donald J. Goodson

Mr. Goodson graduated from George Washington University, summa cum laude in International Relations, Oxford University, with distinction, and New York University Law School, magna cum laude. He spent a year in South Africa as a Fulbright scholar, and has spent the last four years as a clerk for: Judge ALISON NATHAN of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge ROBERT KATZMANN of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for both Retired Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Paul Stevens, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy.

This event took place at The Spence School in New York City.

Audience Clapping


November 2018

Speaker: Caroline Heller

Mrs. Heller is a litigator at Greenberg Traurig Law Firm who chairs Greenberg Traurig’s Global Pro Bono (free legal assistance) program. Her recent work includes representing families separated at the US-Mexican border under President Trump's zero-tolerance policy.

This event took place at The Spence School in New York City.

Crowd of People

Understanding Women's Rights

May 2019

Speaker: Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen

We are excited to introduce Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen as our guest speaker on the topic of women's rights. Ms. Frelinghuysen attended Stanford University and Stanford Law School where she was President and Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Law Review and taught undergraduate classes in civil rights and civil liberties. After Stanford Law School, Ms. Frelinghuysen clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and worked on the Court’s landmark VMI decision on gender equality. She has worked in law firms and in business, and is currently on the Board of Planned Parenthood. She speaks frequently on women’s rights and reproductive justice at institutes, universities, and schools.