School of Law Celebrates International Law Scholars with Portrait Unveiling and Class of 1975 Investiture Lecture

Lexington, VA Wednesday, September 26, 2007

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Washington and Lee University School of Law will honor Professor Rick Kirgis and his many contributions to the school and also will recognize Professor Mark Drumbl for his work in international law.

Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room with the unveiling of Professor Kirgis' portrait, which will be placed on the wall of the court room. Prof. Kirgis is a venerated teacher and scholar in the field of international law. In addition to his significant scholarly work, Kirgis has made enormous contributions to the School of Law, serving as Director of the Lewis Law Center from 1978 to 1983 and as Dean of the School of Law from 1983 to 1988.

Following the portrait unveiling, Professor Mark Drumbl, who directs the school's Transnational Law Institute, will deliver the inaugural Class of 1975 Alumni Chair lecture. Prof. Drumbl was awarded earlier this year the Class of 1975 Alumni Chair previously held by Professor Roger Groot, who passed away in 2005. The lecture will be titled "Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law", based upon his book of the same name.

Commentary on the lecture will be provided by Prof. Kirgis and distinguished guest Professor Michael Scharf, Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and the Cox Center War Crimes Research Office at Case Western Law School. Prof. Scharf is a high-profile and dynamic commentator on war crimes trials and has advised international criminal courts world-wide.

A reception will follow the lecture and responses at 7:30 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room Lobby. The entire W&L community is welcome. Please RSVP to Florentina Selaru Butler (selaruf@wlu.edu) if you are planning to attend.

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