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April 8, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

Attorney General Derek Schmidt to give lecture at KU law school

Derek Schmidt


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LAWRENCE — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will give a public lecture Thursday, April 14, at the University of Kansas School of Law.

“A Conversation with Attorney General Derek Schmidt” will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP Lecture Hall, 104 Green Hall. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk. Schmidt’s appearance is sponsored by the law school’s student chapter of the Federalist Society.

Schmidt was elected the 44th attorney general of Kansas and took office Jan. 10. Before being elected attorney general, Schmidt served 10 years as a Kansas state senator representing the 15th district in southeast Kansas. During his last six years in the Senate, he served as majority leader for the Republican Caucus. He also worked in private practice with the Independence law firm Scovel, Emert, Heasty & Chubb.

Before being elected to the Senate, Schmidt served as special counsel and legislative liaison to Gov. Bill Graves. Before that, he served as an assistant Kansas attorney general for consumer protection, as legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Nancy Landon Kassebaum and as legislative director and general counsel to U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel.

Schmidt is a graduate of Independence High School and studied at Independence Community College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from KU, a master’s degree in international politics from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is pursuing a doctor of juridical science degree at the KU School of Law.


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