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Supreme Court Expert, Kermit L. Hall, Addresses Arkansas Judicial Council
"The single most important development in the modern history of the judiciary has been the judicialization of public policy"

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 21, 2005) -- Kermit L. Hall, constitutional law scholar, professor of history, and president of the University at Albany, State University of New York, will present "Perpetuating the Judiciary: The Judicialization of Public Life and the Independence of the Judiciary in American History" at the 2005 Spring Judicial Council Meeting in West Memphis, Arkansas.

Hall is the author and editor of 21 books on the American legal and constitutional system, including the award-winning Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (New York, Oxford University Press, 2nd revised edition, 2005), and the Oxford Companion to American Law (New York, Oxford University Press, 2002). He is also the author of The Law of the Land: A History of the Supreme Court (Prince Frederick, Maryland: Recorded Books, 2003, fourteen 35-minute lectures on the history of the Supreme Court of the United States), and The Magic Mirror: Law in American History (New York, Oxford University Press, 1989; 2nd revised edition forthcoming in 2006). His books have been main and alternate selections of the History Book Club and the Book of the Month Club.

In addition, Hall was one of five Americans appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Assassination Records Review Board in 1992 to review and release to the public documents related to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. For his commitment to openness in government, the American Library Association bestowed its James Madison Award on him in 1999. He received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in 1967 from Syracuse University and a master of studies in law from Yale University in 1980.

The talk is April 21, 2005; 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn, I-55/I-40 & Ingram Blvd., West Memphis, Arkansas.


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