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Former U.S. Attorney General Thornburgh will be guest at UI Jan. 22-25

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Richard L. Thornburgh, former Attorney General of the United States, will be a practitioner-in-residence and a featured speaker for the first Richard S. Levitt Distinguished Lectureship Series at the University of Iowa College of Law Wednesday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 25.

Thornburgh, who was the nation's top law enforcement official from 1988 to 1991, will discuss issues in legal education and legal practice with faculty and students during a series of presentations throughout his four-day visit to the law school.
While at the law school, Thornburgh will serve as a commentator for a national symposium on the intellectual legacy of famed Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. The symposium, "The Path of the Law' in the 20th Century," the inaugural event in the newly created Levitt Lectureship, will be held at the law school Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25.

Thornburgh will also be a guest speaker at a symposium banquet Friday, Jan. 24.
"We are delighted that a public figure of Richard Thornburgh's stature will be the featured speaker at the College's first Levitt Lectureship," said N. William Hines, dean of the UI College of Law.

Thornburgh was named Attorney General of the United States in 1988, where he was chief administrator of the U.S. Department of Justice for the administration of then-President George Bush. Thornburgh served two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1987.

He has held several other law enforcement and administrative posts, including U.S. Attorney for the western district of Pennsylvania (1969-75), assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1975-77), and Under-Secretary-General for Administration and Management of the United Nations (1992-93).

Thornburgh also directed the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 1987 to 1988.

Since 1994, he has been a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.