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Release: Oct. 20, 1999

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens, district judge at UI program Oct. 21

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and District Judge John M. Ferren will be at the University of Iowa Thursday, Oct. 21 for a special program honoring Wiley B. Rutledge, the only UI College of Law dean to serve on the Supreme Court.

The program, "Justice Wiley B. Rutledge Remembered," is the latest in the college’s Richard S. Levitt Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held at 4 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. A public reception will be in the second floor lobby immediately following the lecture.

Ferren of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals is writing a biography of Rutledge. He will speak about the late justice’s deanship at the law school, which spanned from 1935 to 1939. Stevens will give personal reminiscences about Rutledge, for whom he served as law clerk during the late justice’s first year on the Supreme Court. Rutledge served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1943 until his death in 1949.

The event coincides with homecoming weekend, and former UI law students of Rutledge have been invited to the Levitt lecture as special guests.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Law at (319) 335-9034.