Judge Bernice Donald to deliver Stevens lecture on October 19 | CU Boulder today


Editor’s note: This article previously indicated that Justice Donald had announced that she would step down from the bench. She will not retire, but rather, upon confirmation of her successor in the Sixth Circuit, will assume senior status and continue to serve as a federal judge while hearing a reduced number of cases.

The University of Colorado Law School welcomes Judge Bernice Donald, Member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, as a guest speaker for the 10th Annual John Paul Stevens Lecture.

Justice Donald will discuss her career, judicial philosophy and the rule of law in the context of the Memphis massacre of 1866. The 15-minute lecture will be followed by a fireside chat and question-and-answer session -answer for students Tuesday, October 19, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. MDT.

From a young age, Justice Donald was a woman of the first order. Growing up in Olive Branch, Mississippi, she was one of the first four African American students to fit into an all-white school district. She became the first African-American female judge: 1) in Tennessee; 2) serve in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee; 3) serve in the United States District Court in the Western District of Tennessee; and 4) serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

With nearly 40 years of service, Justice Donald has received more than 100 awards for her professional, civic and community activities, including the Lifetime Liberty Achievement Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Martin Luther King Community Service Award.

“We are delighted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Stevens Lecture with Judge Bernice Donald,” said Suzette Malveaux, Director of the Byron R. White Center and Senior Professor of Civil Rights Law at Colorado Law. “With her four decades of experience on the bench, it is fitting that she shares her poignant ideas and thoughts on the justice system and the American legal system today. Her leadership and courage as a “first” in so many arenas are inspiring and hopeful. “

Last year, the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association established the Judge Bernice B. Donald Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Donald was the first recipient.

The John Paul Stevens Annual Lecture brings a distinguished jurist to Colorado Law to discuss judgment and the state of the judiciary. The conference’s fireside conversation format offers law students, lawyers and community members the opportunity to hear about the lawyer’s career, legal philosophy and advice for the next generation. lawyers.


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