Valpo law lecture series starts Sept. 16

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Valparaiso University School of Law's fall lecture series "Scholars and Advocates in Residence: Shaping the Public Dialogue" kicks off Sept. 16 with a presentation from a senior lecturer in law from Ireland.

Owen McIntyre of University College Cork will give a lecture entitled, "The Emergence of a Human Right to Water under International Law: Issues and Implications." McIntyre's lecture, as well as those of the other four visiting scholars, begins at 4 p.m. in Wesemann Hall, 656 S. Greenwich St., Valparaiso. Campus maps and directions are available on Valparaiso University's Web site.

The other lectures in the fall series are "Forming a Professional Identity in Law through Writing: A Pervasive Approach," Oct. 7, presented by Andrea McArdle, professor and director of legal writing at City University of New York; "Overcoming Historical and Continuing Challenges to Genuine Peace and Good Governance in Liberia," Oct. 23, by Negbalee Warner, a Liberian attorney and political and social activist; "An Urban Slice of the Pie: The Constitution and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction and Unlawful Occupation of Law Act," Oct. 29, presented by Steve Kahanovitz, a staff attorney with the Legal Resources Center in Cape Town, South Africa; and "Sexual Offender Law Reform: The Australian Experience," Nov. 11, by Justice Marcia Ann Neave of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Court of Appeals division.

The lecture series is free and open to the public. Attorneys interested in receiving CLE credit can get forms at the events to submit for credit; attorneys can also contact the law school at (219) 465-7893 or e-mail for more information about obtaining CLE credit.


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