Events Archive

March 4, 2008
The James P. White Lecture on Legal Education
The Internationalization of Legal Education

Speaker: Antonio Garcia-Padilla, President of the University of Puerto Rico
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Wynne Courtroom
Contact: Contact Shaun Ingram for more information: (317) 278-4789 or

Antonio García-Padilla, a native of Coamo, Puerto Rico, received his B.B.A. degree in 1974 and his J.D. in 1978 from the University of Puerto Rico. He received his LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1981. García-Padilla served as law clerk to Judge Angel M. Martin of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, and to current United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, then a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He returned to work as an Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico Law School and as an assistant to the Chief Justice of Puerto Rico. He also served as Assistant for Federal Affairs to the Governor of the Commonwealth. He was named Associate Dean of the law school in 1983, and Dean in 1986. He has taught courses on civil procedure and commercial law, as well as general introduction to law. During his tenure at the law school, he created exchange programs, oversaw a thorough curricular revision, and oversaw the modernization of the library. In 1998, he was elected to the Council of the American Law Institute. From 1999 to 2001 he was a member of the University of Puerto Rico’s Centennial Commission. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of In-forma, a new architectural magazine that has already won two prizes for design. He was appointed the eighth President of the University of Puerto Rico in November 2001.

The James P. White Lecture on Legal Education was created upon the occasion of Professor White’s retirement as Consultant on Legal Education to the American Bar Association (ABA) in 2000. He held the Consultant’s position with the ABA for more than 25 years. Members of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and other friends contributed to the establishment of an annual lecture in his honor at the law school, where he has served on the faculty since 1966.