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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to give 2011 Raggio Lecture Aug. 29

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgU.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a groundbreaking pioneer for women’s legal rights before joining the high court, will deliver the 2011 Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in McFarlin Auditorium.

SMU’s Dedman School of Law is the new host of the Raggio Endowed Lecture Series, established by Raggio’s friends and family to honor her accomplishments in advancing the legal rights of women in Texas and across the nation.

Ginsburg, the 107th justice and only the second woman to be sworn to the nation’s highest legal court, focused much of her early career on issues of civil and women’s rights. The Brooklyn native received her B.A. with high honors in government from Cornell University before attending Harvard Law School from 1956 to 1958, where she was one of only nine women in her class. She transferred to Columbia Law School, where she was a member of the Columbia Law Review before receiving her LL.B. (J.D.) in 1959, graduating at the top of her class.

Tickets are $35 each and may be purchased online at the website. Faculty, staff members and students may receive one free ticket, depending on available seating, immediately prior to the event. Bring your SMU ID to the McFarlin Auditorium basement by 6:30 p.m. Free tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

No backpacks, purses, cell phones, recording equipment or cameras will be allowed in the auditorium.

For more information, contact Rebekah Bell, 214-768-1095.

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Justice Clarence Thomas to give Tate Lecture Sept. 30

Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence ThomasSupreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas will give the next lecture in SMU’s 2009-10 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in McFarlin Auditorium.

In 1990, Justice Thomas became a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He took his seat on the Supreme Court in 1991 after his nomination by President George H.W. Bush. He was admitted to law practice in Missouri in 1974, and served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri from 1974-77. Following that, he was an attorney with the Monsanto Company from 1977-1979 and Legislative Assistant to Senator John Danforth from 1979-81.

From 1981-82, Justice Thomas served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. From 1982-90, he was Chairman of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

He received an A.B. cum laude from Holy Cross College and his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1974. In addition, Justice Thomas is the bestselling author of My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir, published in 2007 by Harper.

The evening lecture is sold out. Justice Thomas will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

Visit the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series website