In recognition of Constitution Day, Washburn University annually hosts a guest lecture related to the American Constitution on or near Sept. 17. It was on that date in 1787 that delegates of the Constitutional Convention gathered for the last time to sign the document they created.
Our observance of Constitution Day is in accordance with the federal requirements.
On Monday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. - President-elect of the American Bar Association James "Jim" Silkenat will present "The Rule of Law at Home and Abroad: Why It Makes a Difference to All Parts of Society," at the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center. The lecture is free an open to the public.
Silkenat is a partner at 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.
On Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. - The public is invited to hear the arguments in three Kansas Court of Appeals cases in the Robinson Courtroom, Washburn School of Law.
For more information, contact Shawn Leisinger, executive director, centers for excellence, Washburn University School of Law, at (785) 670-2464