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Harvard Law Professor to Speak at ONU Kormendy Lecture

Jan 16, 2008

Harvard Law Professor David Kennedy will speak at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law's annual Kormendy Lecture on Friday, Jan. 25, at 11:30 a.m. in the Moot Court Room of the Pettit College of Law. Kennedy's topic will be "The Mystery of Global Governance."

Kennedy is vice president for international affairs, university professor of law and the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and the Manley Hudson Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in international affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard. He is the author of numerous articles on international law, history and legal theory and founder of the New Approaches to International Law project.

As a practicing lawyer and consultant, Kennedy has contributed to numerous international projects, both commercial and public, including work with the United Nations, the Commission of the European Union and the private firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in Brussels.

The Pettit 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 the ONU College of Law in 1928 and was posthumously awarded the 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 and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

The event is free and open to the public.