Governor Jim Edgar will present the 2017 Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law on Friday, October 27 at 12 p.m. in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the College of Law.
Lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion.
Governor Jim Edgar’s career in government spans 30 years. He worked in the legislative branch of government for 10 years, which included his election to the Illinois House of Representatives. Governor Edgar served for 20 years in the executive branch of government including 10 years as Secretary of State and eight years as Illinois’ 38th Governor. He was first elected Governor in 1990 and reelected in 1994 by the widest margin in Illinois history.
In addition, Governor Edgar made children a priority. His historic efforts in establishing a minimum foundation level in our public schools has made it possible for children from all areas of the state to receive an adequate education. He also initiated programs that took Illinois from the bottom to the top of the 50 states in the number of adoptions each year.
Governor Edgar has served as a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs where he is a teacher and lecturer since 1999. He spearheads the Edgar Fellows program, which brings together emerging leaders from all parts of Illinois to foster the statesmanship that will address major challenges across regional, partisan and ethnic lines. He serves on a variety of civic and corporate boards, and is the President Emeritus of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
The Vacketta-DLA Piper Lecture on the Role of Government and the Law is made possible through the generosity of Carl Vacketta, ’65, and DLA Piper, which has more than 4,200 lawyers in offices in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States; and represents more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than any other law firm in the world.
The Series is a component of The Marbury Institute, named for William L. Marbury, Jr. (1901-1988), who was instrumental in the development of the firm and devoted his career to public and community service. The Institute serves as DLA Piper’s initiative to promote the highest ideals of the legal profession.
Previous speakers include:
The Honorable John Paul Stevens, October 2002
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, October 2003
General Joseph W. Ralston, USAF (Ret), October 2004
Senator George J. Mitchell, October 2005
Governor James Blanchard, October 2006
U.S. Ambassador Marc Grossman, October 2007
Admiral James Loy, October 2008
Senator William Cohen, October 2009
U.S. Ambassador Craig Kelley, October 2010
U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns, September 2011
U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, October 2012
Senator Thomas Daschle, October 2013
Commissioner (EEOC) Chai R. Feldblum, October 2014
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation & Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood, October 2015
Former Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State Harold Hongju Koh, October 2016
For more information:
Carolyn Turner, Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives