Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier, '64 will present the Dean's Public Engagement Lecture at the College of Law on Friday, October 20 at 12 p.m.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided to lecture attendees.
Lloyd A. Karmeier is the 120th Chief Justice of the State of Illinois. He was unanimously elected to that position by his fellow justices in 2016 and, as Chief Justice, is the chief admininstrative officer of a unified court system with supervisory authority over the more than 900 judges.
Chief Justice Karmeier clerked for former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Byron O. House from 1964 to 1968, served as state’s attorney of Washington County from 1968 to 1972, and clerked for former U.S. District Court Judge James L. Foreman from 1972 to 1973. He was engaged in the general practice of law with the firm of Hohlt, House, DeMoss & Johnson from 1964 to 1986. He was resident Circuit Judge of Washington County from 1986 to 2004, when he was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court.
He is a member of the Illinois Judges' Association, the Washington County, St. Clair County, East St. Louis and Illinois State Bar Associations, and past member of the American Bar Association and the American Judicature Society. He served as a member of the Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association from 1996 to 2002, and as chair of the Bench and Bar Section Council. He also served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, chairing the committee from 2003 to 2004. He is a member of the Southern Illinois American Inn of Court and served as President of the Executive Committee from 2003 to 2007.
He was born in rural Washington County, where he attended a one-room grade school and graduated as valedictorian in 1958 from Okawville Community High School. He received his B.S. degree in 1962 and his J.D. degree in 1964, both from the University of Illinois.
The Dean's Public Engagement Lecture Series aims to increase interaction between the legal academy, the legal and business professions, and the public. Hosted by Dean Vikram David Amar, the Series brings distinguished judges, lawyers, and businesspersons to the College of Law to talk on cutting-edge issues affecting law, justice, business, and government.
For more information:
Carolyn Turner, Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives