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"The Civil Rights Act: 50 Years Later, and Lest We Not Forget, Brown v. Board of Education: 60 Years Later"

Featured Speaker: Justice John Charles Thomas (Law '75)



5:00 PM

Caplin Auditorium at the School of Law

Presented by the School of Law and the JAG School

John Charles Thomas, U.Va. School of Law '75 and retired justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, will give a talk focused on the significance of the Civil Rights Act and its 50th anniversary in 2014. A reception will follow the talk.


Justice Thomas has ruled on thousands of appellate matters addressing the full range of Virginia law including contracts, torts, property, public utilities, trust and estates, and taxation. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and DC Circuits. He is an AAA certified mediator and arbitrator and serves on the AAA Panel of Commercial Arbitrators as well as on the AAA Panel of International Arbitrators. Since June 2005 he has been a judge of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.


A frequent speaker and lecturer across the country and around the world, Thomas has lectured at the Interim University Center in Dubrovnik, Croatia on "Enforcing Interim Arbitral Awards Under the New York Convention"; he has delivered the Constitutional Law lecture to the Firsties at the United States Military Academy at West Point; and he has delivered the "First-Day, First Year" lectures at the University of Virginia School of Law and the College of William & Mary School of Law since 1990.