Pound Lecture Series

What is the Pound Lecture Series?

Roscoe Pound is widely considered to be one of the giants of twentieth-century American legal thought. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Pound studied law at Harvard Law School. Returning to Nebraska to practice law, he joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1899. In 1903, he became the dean at the Nebraska College of Law. Pound would then go on to be a professor and the dean at Harvard Law School. In 1949, the Nebraska State Bar Association funded a lectureship series in Dean Roscoe Pound’s honor, the Pound Lecture Series. “New Paths of Law,” the first Pound Lecture, was delivered in 1950 by Roscoe Pound himself.