Events Archive

November 8, 2005
The James P. White Lecture on Legal Education
The English Judiciary and the Rule of Law

Speaker: The Right Honorable Lord Woolf of Barnes, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Wynne Courtroom
Contact: For more information, contact Shaun Ingram at 317-278-4789.

The Right Honorable Lord Woolf of Barnes was educated at Glasgow Academy and Fettes College Edinburgh, graduating from the University College London. He was called to the Bar, Inner Temple, in 1954. After a period as First Treasury Counsel, he was appointed to the High Court Bench in 1979. He became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1986. In 1990, he carried out an inquiry into prison disturbances following the Strangeways riots at Her Majesty's Prison, Manchester, formerly known as Strangeways Prison. The report of the inquiry was published in 1991. Lord Woolf was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary in 1992. He conducted the inquiry into Access to Justice between 1994 and 1996, publishing his final report in July 1996. He was appointed Master of the Rolls in the same year and Lord Chief Justice in 2000. He has served as president of the Association of Law Teachers, the Institute of Legal Executives, LawCare, and Bracton Law Society, just to name a few. He has written numerous articles for law journals and other law-related publications.
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.