10/20/2004

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Contact: Jennifer Colaner, School of Law, (785) 864-4531

Supreme Court Justice Thomas to visit KU School of Law Oct. 26-28

LAWRENCE--U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will make his fourth visit to the University of Kansas School of Law Oct. 26-28. The visit is supported by the Stephenson Lectures in Law & Government Fund.

Thomas, who came to KU in 1996, 2000 and 2002, will be teaching seven classes Oct. 27 and 28 and holding several forums and receptions with students and faculty as well as attending the Judicial Clerkship Reception for area judges and their law clerks Oct. 26.

Other Supreme Court justices to visit the KU law school have included Stephen G. Breyer and Antonin Scalia in 2001. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is expected to visit in March 2005. Retired Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White visited in 1996.

No public events are scheduled during Thomas' visit.

Thomas took his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in October 1991, after his nomination by President George H.W. Bush. From 1990 to 1991, he was a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was assistant secretary for civil rights with the U.S. Department of Education in 1981 and 1982 and chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1982-1990.

A native of the Pinpoint community of Georgia near Savannah and a 1974 graduate of Yale Law School, Thomas began his law career as assistant attorney general of Missouri from 1974 to 1977 and was legislative assistant to Missouri Sen. John Danforth from 1979 to 1981.

Stephen R. McAllister, dean of the School of Law, was a law clerk to Thomas.

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