Klobuchar’s presentation, “Antitrust: An Opportunity for Progress in the Face of Polarization,” will begin at noon. Though the lecture will be delivered virtually, it will also be broadcast live in the law school’s Kathleen and Ann DeLaney Moot Court Room, where limited seating will be available.
Klobuchar is chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights. A member of the Joint Economic Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee, among other assignments, she became the first woman elected a senator from Minnesota in 2006.
“We’re honored to welcome Senator Amy Klobuchar to deliver the Harris Lecture,” said Maurer School of Law Dean Austen Parrish. “She’s led a remarkable career as a private practitioner, prosecuting attorney and, for the past 15 years, as a member of the United States Senate. Her expertise will provide unique insight into many of the evolving antitrust issues of our time.”
As the chairwoman on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights, Klobuchar has worked to reinvigorate America’s antitrust laws and restore competition to American markets. In this capacity, she introduced legislation to give federal enforcers the resources they need to do their jobs, strengthen prohibitions on anticompetitive conduct and mergers, and make additional reforms to improve enforcement.
She has also introduced bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug prices by cracking down on “pay-for-delay” agreements, the practice of brand-name drug manufacturers using pay-off agreements to keep more affordable generic equivalents off the market.
Klobuchar has a strong tie to the Maurer School of Law: Her husband, John Bessler, graduated from the school in 1991.
The Addison Harris Lecture Series was established in 1946 by a trust from the bequest of India Crago Harris in memory of her late husband, Addison C. Harris, a distinguished Indiana lawyer and statesman. Harris was a member of the Indiana Senate and was appointed by President William McKinley as minister to Austria-Hungary. The lecture series has played host to a number of prominent speakers over the years, including civil rights leader Julian Bond, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein.