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Irish chief justice to visit Indianapolis

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The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland will visit Indianapolis, and one of his stops includes a lecture at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis March 10.

Chief Justice John L. Murray will give the James P. White Lecture on Legal Education, "Educated Judges: Protectors or Monarchs? A European Perspective," at 5 p.m. in the Wynne Courtroom at the law school, 530 W. New York St. In his lecture, the chief justice will compare the European system with the American one. A reception will follow in the Connor Atrium.

Chief Justice Murray was appointed as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland in 2004 after serving on the court since 1999. He began his legal career in 1967, served as attorney general of Ireland twice, and was a judge on the Court of Justice of the European Communities from 1991 to 1999. He also served as counsel in cases before the Court of Justice of the European Communities, the European Commission on Human Rights, and the European Court of Human Rights.

Chief Justice Murray will also have lunch with the Indiana Supreme Court.

The lecture is free and open to the public and one hour of free CLE credit is pending approval; registration is required. To register, e-mail slingram@iupui.edu or call (317) 278-4789 and leave your name and attorney number.

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