April 06, 2007

Illinois attorney general to speak at law school

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will present a lecture next week at the Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Madigan's appearance is set for 3 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Madigan, the first woman elected state attorney general, won re-election for a second consecutive four-year term in November 2006. Before her November 2002 election, the Chicago Democrat was a state senator from the 17th District starting in 1998. She is the third woman elected to a statewide office in Illinois.


Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and camera crews are welcome to cover Madigan's appearance. She will be available to talk with members of the media after her lecture.


Madigan graduated from Georgetown University in 1988, and while in school, worked in the office of former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, the founder of SIUC's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Madigan served as an assistant dean for adult/continuing education at Wright College in Chicago, and earned her law degree by attending Loyola University Law School at night.

Madigan will talk about her legal education and how it helped in furthering her career, and current policy developments, said Jay T. Curtis, a third-year law student and president of Law School Democrats. The event will also include a question-and-answer session.

The lecture is part of the organization's "Law and Politics Speaker Series," where prominent individuals talk to law school students about careers in public service "and ways they can make a difference," said Sheila J. Simon, a clinical assistant professor at the law school and the group's faculty sponsor.

The Women's Law Forum is co-sponsoring the event.

Madigan's appearance is the third speaker the group has hosted this year, following U.S. Sen. Richard J. Durbin and SIUC's John S. Jackson, a visiting professor with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.