Joshua A. Guberman Lecture
The Joshua A. Guberman Lecture has been established at Brandeis University to honor the memory of a man whose passionate concerns were for individual well-being and social justice.
As a practicing attorney in Greater Boston, Mr. Guberman was well known for his keen intellect, his precise legal knowledge, his wide-ranging interests and his wise judgment. He was a counselor whose relationships with clients were characterized by a depth of caring rarely seen. Colleagues commented that he would become involved with the families of his clients and that, as time went on, he would serve their children. As the family businesses grew, so did the practice of Joshua Guberman.
After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he joined the firm of Brown, Rudnick, Freed and Gesmer. He served in the Second World War and then became a dedicated public servant, active in the American Jewish Congress, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Capital Punishment Information Services and many other groups. He also worked to improve the public schools. He was himself an excellent teacher.
Mr. Guberman’s colleagues recollect his work with the Boston Broadcasters, where his sense of fairness and good humor frequently helped resolve seemingly insoluble dilemmas. “When we sought his advice, we were assured of both precise legal answers and consummately just ones.”
In tribute to Joshua A. Guberman, his family has endowed an annual lecture in law and social policy at Brandeis University. The lectures are sponsored under the auspices of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the Legal Studies Program.
It is appropriate that the host for these lectures is a university named in honor of the great jurist, Louis D. Brandeis, whose profound concern for social justice is reflected in the social and economic issues he introduced in his judicial writings.
Through the lectures named in his honor, Joshua A. Guberman — who loved social justice and human beings — will be aptly remembered and linked with Justice Brandeis and the university which bears his name.
Past Guberman Lectures
"How to Protect the Dreamers" — Elizabeth Badger, JD — 2018
"Capital Punishment in a Time of Drones and Beheadings: A Global Perspective on the American Death Penalty" — William J. Leahy, JD — 2014
"Guns & Public Health: Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence" — David Hemenway, PhD — 2013
"The Supreme Court and Election Year Politics: Myths vs. Reality in the Healthcare Debate" — Mary Ann Chirba, JD, ScD, MPH and Alice A. Noble, JD, MPH — 2012
"Representing Prisoners with Serious Mental Illness Trapped in a Nightmare: The California Prison Overcrowding Case"— Michael Bien, JD and Jane Kahn, JD— 2011
"The Thousand Dollar Genome: What Impact on Public Policies?"— Philip R. Reilly, MD, JD — 2010
"Tobacco on Trial: Risk, Responsibility, and Litigation" — Allan M. Brandt, Ph.D. — 2007
"From Loving Work to Working on Love: The Evolving Role of Government in the Relationships of Low-Income Americans" — Matthew W. Stagner, PhD — 2005
"Whose Activist Court?" — Judge Rudolph Kass — 2004
"A Right to Care" — Deborah Stone, PhD — 2003
"Does the U.S. Need an Immigrant Integration Policy?" — Michael Fix, JD — 2002
"The Political Science of Childhood" — Felton Earls, MD —2001
"Disabling the Americans with Disabilities Act: Judicial Activism and the Absence of 'Negative Capability'" — Aviam Soifer, JD — 2000
"Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust 1945-1948: Dilemmas of Law, Care, and Bureaucracy" — Saul Touster, JD — 1999
"How We Invest in Children and Families: Alternatives to Bureaucracy" — Harold A. Richman, PhD — 1998
"Neglected Stories: The Constitution and Family Values" — Peggy Cooper Davis, JD — 1997
"Federal and State Responsibilities in a Time of Increasing Violence"— Donald K. Stern, JD — 1996
"Reflections on Health Care Reform" — Harris L. Wofford, JD — 1995
"The Epidemiology of 'Color-Blindnesss': Learning to Think and Talk About Racism Again" — Charles R. Lawrence III, JD — 1994
Antonia C. Novello, MD, MPH — 1993
"Privacy, Autonomy, and Authority: A Discussion of Family Governance" — Carol Weisbrod, JD — 1992
"Growing Tensions in Law and Medicine: The Right to Refuse Treatment" — Judge Sherman G. Finesilver —1991
"Medical Malpractice: Patients, Professionals, and the Courts" — Howard H. Hiatt, MD — 1989
"The Nuremberg Code in an Age of Hype and High-Tech Human Experimentation: Legalistic tRelic or Essential Rule?" — George J. Annas, JD, MPH — 1988
"Refusing Psychiatric Treatment: Law and Policy" — Alexander D. Brooks, JD — 1987
Martha L. Minow, JD — 1986
Robert A. Burt, LLB — 1985
"Privitization and the Purchase of Human Services (Wednesday); Fads, Fancies, and Social Movements: Public Policy Issues in Alcohol Problems" — Harold W. Demone, Jr., PhD — 1984