Chapman Dialogue held on Thursday, April 3, 2014
at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law featured Gillian Lester, acting dean of University of California Berkeley Law. The dialogue focused on “Paradoxical Preferences on Social Spending and Taxes: Implications for Regulatory Design.”

Dean Lester described the self-contradictory view held by some members of the American public on social spending and taxes. Her reasons for why this problem exists included the sheer complexity of some taxes and tax programs, how the difference in the collection of information can change an opinion and the symbolic association towards taxes.

Dean Lester’s principal research areas include contracts, employment law and policy. Her career began with a concentrated interest in employment contracts. However, as she progressed she gained a broad interest in the additional areas of employment law. The ideas behind her scholarship include how individual choices affect government regulations and does the law construct our attitudes of work preferences?


Moderator – Bobby Dexter, Professor of Law Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law; Dean Gillian Lester of University of California Berkeley Law

Gillian Lester is the acting dean of Berkeley Law as well as the Alexander F. and May T. Morrison Professor of Law and Werner and Mimi Wolfen Research Professor. She has been a faculty member of Berkley Law since 2006. She holds her JSD from Stanford Law School and her LL.B. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the
University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review