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U.S. Supreme Court associate justice to lecture

Mark Reuter, Law Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — John Paul Stevens, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will speak at the University of Illinois College of Law Oct. 25 (Friday) on the evolving role of government. His talk begins a new lecture series at the college.

The lecture will begin at 2 p.m. in the college auditorium, 504 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Champaign.

The oldest member of the court, Stevens was nominated by President Gerald Ford and joined the court Dec. 19, 1975. Stevens had been a federal appellate court judge for the Seventh Circuit.

A native of Chicago, Stevens was general counsel to an Illinois Supreme Court commission investigating the conduct of two state supreme court justices in 1969.

The lecture series on government and the law has been endowed by Piper Rudnick, a law firm with offices around the country, and the Marbury Institute, the firm’s initiative to promote the highest ideals of the legal profession.

The Piper Rudnick-Vacketta Lecture on Government and the Law lecture series is named after Carl Vacketta, head of Piper Rudnick’s government contracts practice in Washington, D.C., and a 1965 alumnus of the College of Law at Illinois.