Conference On Public Service And The Law To Feature U.S. Sen. Evan
Bayh And Appeals Court Judge Diana Motz
25, 2000 -- A conference to promote public interest
careers among law students at the University of Virginia March 3-4
will feature dozens of practicing attorneys, policy-makers and law
students from around the country who will emphasize the lasting
personal and social value to be found in public-service career paths.
Among speakers will be U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D- Ind., and U.S. Fourth
Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diana Gribbon Motz.
the opening session at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, in Caplin Pavilion,
Sean Maloney, a 1992 graduate of the U.Va. law school who has served
as an assistant to President Clinton since 1997, will discuss his
experiences working in the White House as the youngest member of
the presidents senior staff.
sessions Saturday, March 4, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with
panel discussions on such public-interest law topics as immigration
and refugee law, child advocacy, poverty law, human rights, the
death penalty, civil rights, womens issues and the environment.
conference, open to the public, is sponsored by the law schools
Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center.
student leaders arranging the conference have worked with great
skill to bring together practicing lawyers, leading academics, and
students for in-depth discussions of the core issues confronting
the lawyer in public service," said law Dean Robert E. Scott.
"Thomas Jefferson established this law school with the express
purpose of creating a unique training ground for public servants
that would be an integral part of a great university. We care deeply
about our obligation to promote the ideals of the lawyer as public
citizen and the notion that educated citizens, and especially legally
educated citizens, can, and therefore must, strive to make a difference
in the world."
Motz will speak at an informal brown-bag luncheon, sponsored by
the Virginia Law Women, in Slaughter Hall 366 at 1 p.m. March 4.
She will discuss her involvement in the VMI case about enrolling
women, as well as opportunities and challenges women face in choosing
legal careers. Judge Motz graduated from the U.Va. law school in
1968. She was appointed to the bench by President Clinton in 1994.
A special session at 2 p.m. March 4 will focus on the death penalty
in the South.
an 1981 alumnus of the U.Va. law school, will deliver the conference
keynote address at 7:15 p.m. March 4 in Caplin Auditorium. A former
two-term governor of Indiana, he has been hailed a rising star on
the national political scene.
conference will conclude at 8 p.m. March 4 with the unveiling of
a bust of U.Va. law alumnus Robert F. Kennedy. The bust of the former
U.S. attorney general, senator and presidential candidate has been
given to the school by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for
Human Rights (see related announcement for details.)
complete conference schedule is on the web at www.geocities.com/uvaconference.
Denise Forster, (804) 924-4678; Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856