Events Archive

March 10, 2009
The James P. White Lecture on Legal Education
Educated Judges: Protectors or Monarchs? A European Perspective

Speaker: Hon. Mr. Justice John L. Murray
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Wynne Courtroom

On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, The James P. White Lecture on Legal Education will present Educated Judges: Protectors or Monarchs? A European Perspective. Hon. Mr. Justice John L. Murray will speak.

  • 5:00 p.m. Lecture, Wynne Courtroom
  • 6:00 p.m. Reception, Conour Atrium

Chief Justice John Murray of IrelandMr. Justice Murray was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland in July of 2004, after having served on the Court since 1999. From 1991 to 1999 he was a Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, and from 1997 to 2000 he was a visiting Professor of Law at the Université de Louvain. After receiving his education at Crescent College, Rockwell College, University College Dublin and the King’s Inns, he began his legal career in 1967, and in 1981 became a Senior Counsel, having been called to the Inner Bar in the Supreme Court of Ireland. As a leading member of the Irish Bar, his practice focused on commercial, civil and constitutional law matters. He was counsel in cases before the Court of Justice of the European Communities (Luxembourg), the European Commission on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg).

He served as Attorney General of Ireland in 1982 and again from 1987 to 1991. He has been a visiting lecturer to Georgetown University Summer School, Heidelberg and Florence and is an honorary co-chair of the International Law Institute, Washington D.C. From 2000 to 2003 he was chairperson of the Anti-Fraud Committee of the European Central Bank.

The Chief Justice is chairman of the Courts Service Board and the Judicial Appointments Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Board of the Network of Presidents of Supreme Judicial Courts of the European Union. He received the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from the University of Limerick in 1993, and from the New England School of Law, Boston, in 2006. He is also a member of the Order of Merit, Grand Cross, of the Grand Duchy ofLuxembourg.

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.


1 hour CLE credit will be available (reservation required)
This event is free and open to the public.