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U.S. Appeals Court Chief Judge to speak at University of Miami

U.S. Appeals Court Chief Judge to speak at University of Miami

The University of Miami School of Law’s Robert B. Cole Lecture series is presenting Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the United State Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, essayist and judicial commentator, on Tuesday, Apr. 10, 5 p.m., at Gusman Hall, 1314 Miller Dr. on the UM’s Coral Gables campus.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Pavia garage at 5616 Pavia St.

Judge Kozinski, who has titled his lecture “In the Court Where I Live,” was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1985 and was the youngest federal appeals court judge at the time. Prior to his appointment on the appellate bench, Judge Kozinski served as Chief Judge of the United States Claims Court. He also served as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and to Circuit Judge Anthony M. Kennedy. He holds an AB degree (1973) and a JD degree (1976) from UCLA.

The Robert B. Cole Lecture was established in 1985 through the generosity of the former Miami law firm of Mershon, Sawyer, Johnston, Dunwody & Cole. The lecture honors the late Robert B. Cole, a member of The Florida Bar since1935 and name partner of the firm. Mr. Cole served for many years as the principal legal advisor to the University of Miami and served on the School of Law’s Visiting Committee. He passed away in 1997 and made provisions in his will so that the lectures would continue. His son, attorney Richard P. Cole, continues to sponsor the lecture in memory of his father.

The Cole Lecture provides a forum for faculty, students, practicing attorneys and the public to hear distinguished jurists and public figures discuss important legal and international matters.

Previous speakers include United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Justice John Paul Stevens, Justice William J. Brennan Jr., Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice Stephen G. Breyer and George J. Mitchell, former Majority Leader of the United States Senate.

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