Lexington, VA • Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The Hon. Joan H. Lefkow of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois will deliver the 2007 Tucker Lecture at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. The speech is scheduled for Friday, October 5 beginning at 12:10 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room and is titled, "A District Judge's Thoughts about the Independent Judiciary Debate." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Judge Lefkow was appointed to the U.S. District Court in 2000 by President Bill Clinton. From 1982 until her appointment to the district court, she held two other positions in the federal judiciary. She served as a magistrate judge from 1982 until 1997 and then as a bankruptcy judge until 2000.
Prominent cases that Judge Lefkow has presided over include a trademark lawsuit involving the company that manufactures Beanie Babies, a trademark suit against the alleged white-supremacist World Church of the Creator, a statewide class action challenging Illinois' plan for medical care for poor children, and the Air Line Pilots Association lawsuit concerning United Airlines termination of their pilots' pension plan.
Judge Lefkow has also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on judicial security and continues to be an active advocate for the protection of and independence of the judiciary.
Judge Lefkow received her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas E. Fairchild of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1971 to1972.
The Tucker Lecture was first established by the Board of Trustees in 1949 to mark the bicentennial of the University and the centennial of the Law School. It was named after John Randolph Tucker, hired in 1870 as the second teacher in legal education and named the first dean of the Washington and Law University School of Law in 1893.