The School of Law hosted a free public symposium on legal and moral issues in U.S. foreign policy on Jan. 30, 2004. The first annual Rudolph C. Barnes Symposium was held in the law school’s auditorium. Titled Redefining Legitimacy: Legal and Moral Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy and Military Strategy, the daylong symposium addressed issues related to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its aftermath. The interdisciplinary panel of presenters included the following USC faculty members: Dr. Shahrough Akhavi, Department of Political Science; Dr. Carl Evans and Dr. Janice Love, Department of Religious Studies; Prof. David Linnan, School of Law; and Dr. Rick Stevens, School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Dr. Mitchell Zais, the president of Newberry College, also presented.
Rudolph Barnes Jr., an attorney, United Methodist minister, and retired U.S. Army colonel, made the event possible through a generous endowment in memory of his father, Rudolph Barnes. He also moderated the program along with School of Law professor Richard Seamon.