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“Inventing Democratic Courts: Art, Architecture and Justice” was the title of a terrific event held at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston on June 2, 2011. The audience, including New England YLS Community members, was welcomed by U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner ’71. Professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis’s slide presentation covering courthouses and Lady Justice representations all over the world was appropriately followed by commentary by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock, and Henry Cobb, architect. The men worked together for four years to plan the building of the courthouse, considering, among others, what is justice, what is public access, what does democracy mean, etc. and how do these answers effect each detail of the structure. Robert Campbell, architecture critic of The Boston Globe, also commented. Following a lively Q&A, attendees mingled in the lovely courthouse atrium.

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