Now entering its 25th year, the Dwight L. Greene Symposium honors Dwight L. Greene ’70 as a memorial and tribute to his life and work as a professor of law, mentor and friend. Each year, presenters are selected from among Wesleyan’s alumni, faculty, and friends who have distinguished themselves in their professions, to share on topics of importance for black alumni, alumni of color and the Wesleyan community at large.

This symposium provides an opportunity to hear from a diverse set of voices while facilitating networking and reconnecting with members of the Wesleyan community. with each other and ensures that diversity remains an important part of the Wesleyan experience.

Historically sponsored by the Black Alumni Network and Alumni of Color Council, the symposium serves as a long-standing campus tradition and a time to reflect on where we were, where we are, and most importantly…where we are headed.

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Event Details

Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 4PM

Memorial Chapel (map)
Wesleyan University
211 High Street Middletown, CT

25TH ANNUAL DWIGHT L. GREENE SYMPOSIUM

  • From Foss to the Bench: One alumna's journey to a career as a federal judge

    SPEAKER: JUDGE DENISE JEFFERSON CASPER '90

    Judge Casper has been serving as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts since 2011. Immediately prior to her appointment to the bench, she served as the Deputy District Attorney for Middlesex County. Prior to serving as the Deputy District Attorney, Judge Casper served for six years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Office of the United States Attorney in Boston. Ultimately, she became Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit. Before becoming a prosecutor, Judge Casper clerked for justices of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and was in private practice in the former firm, Bingham McCutchen LLP.

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    Judge Casper is a graduate of Wesleyan University (1990) and a graduate of Harvard Law School (1994). She has previously been an active member of the Boston Bar Association and has served as an officer of the association and a member of its governing council. She currently serves on the boards of the Steppingstone Foundation and the Park School. Judge Casper has also served on the boards of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, the executive board of the Women's Bar Foundation and the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys. In addition, Judge Casper has taught legal writing and advocacy at the Boston University School of Law. In 2014, she received the Trailblazer Award from Massachusetts Black Lawyers’ Association in recognition of her contributions to both the bench and the bar. In 2015, Wesleyan University honored her with a Distinguished Alumna award.

    Since joining the court, Judge Casper has chaired the court’s Bench/Bar Conference, “Changing Landscaping in Law, Legal Practice and Beyond” (2012), served as chair of an ad hoc Criminal Working Group Committee (2014), organized the District Court Forum (2017) and, for several years, organized an annual roundtable discussion with newer members of the bar and the judges. In 2015, she was appointed to the Judicial Conference Committee on Judicial Security. Judge Casper and her twin sons (age 13) live in the greater Boston area.

View Full Videos from Prior Years

2016: “Opportunities and Challenges in Higher Education"

2015: "Equality, Justice, and Sports"

2014: "Sports, Culture, and Life:  A Film Screening and Conversation"

2013:  "Women of Color at Wesleyan: 40 years and Beyond"

2012: "History of Race and Diversity"

2011: "Journey From Student to Teacher"