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College of Law to Present Kormendy Lecture by Stanford Law Professor

Nov 12, 2008
Pamela S. Karlan, Stanford Law School professor, will be the guest speaker for Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law's annual Kormendy Lecture in the Moot Court Room (129) on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 11:30 a.m. Karlan's topic will be "Bullets, Ballots and Battles on the Roberts Court."

Professor Karlan will discuss last term's Supreme Court decisions in the voter identification case and the Washington D.C. guns case. She will examine some of the major potential fault lines on the Roberts Court and how the justices use evidence in thinking about constitutional rights.

The event is free and open to the public.

Karlan is a scholar and award-winning teacher, who has co-authored three leading casebooks on international law and more than four dozen scholarly articles, and is frequently featured as a commentator on legal issues on programs such as "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."

Karlan is also the founding director of Stanford Law's Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, which allows students to litigate live cases before the court. As one of the nation's leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission and an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

ONU's College of Law established the Kormendy Lectureship in 1987 through an endowment established by Helen E. Kormendy, widow of Dr. Steven W. Kormendy. The Dr. Steven W. Kormendy and Helen E. Kormendy Law Lecture Fund is used each year to bring prominent individuals to campus to address relevant, topical matters of law.

Dr. Kormendy, who died on Jan. 6, 1985, graduated from ONU's College of Law in 1928 and was posthumously awarded an honorary LL.D. degree in 1985. The Ohio State Bar Association honored him for 50 years of law practice, and he was active in the Hungarian community in Cleveland.

Past Kormendy lecturers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Senator Orin Hatch, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, and Harvard Law School professor David Kennedy.
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