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September 2012 News Releases

Silkenat to speak at Washburn's Constitution Day, Sept. 17

"The Rule of Law at Home and Abroad: Why It Makes a Difference to All Parts of Society," will be the topic of a Constitution and Citizenship Day presentation at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17 in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center, Washburn University. The public is welcome and no admission is charged.

The speaker will be James “Jim” Silkenat, president-elect, American Bar Association and partner, Sullivan and Worchster’s New York office. He is a member of the firm’s corporate department and his primary focus is on international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, project finance transactions (in developed and developing countries) and private equity investment funds.

Silkenat has substantive industry experience in energy, hotels, manufacturing, transportation and telecommunications. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute; has served as a Fellow in the U.S. State Department Scholar/Diplomat program, and was a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Silkenat also is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has served as National Chair of the Fellows. In 2000, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award for Career Achievement from Drury University. In 2007, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ABA Section of International Law and in 2009 he received the Diversity Champion Award of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

The public also is invited to hear the arguments in three Kansas Court of Appeals cases at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Robinson Courtroom, School of Law, Washburn campus.

For more information, contact Shawn Leisinger, executive director, centers for excellence, Washburn University School of Law, at (785) 670-2464


Shawn Leisinger, director, executive director, centers for excellence, Washburn University School of Law, (785) 670-2464
Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153