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Sept. 16, 2005

Lazarus To Discuss Roberts Nomination In Law School Lecture

Eddie Lazarus, former Supreme Court clerk and author of "Closed Chambers: the Rise, Fall, and Future of the Modern U.S. Supreme Court," will discuss the nomination of John Roberts as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in a lecture at the University of Iowa law school.

The lecture begins at 4 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 22, in Room 225 in the Boyd Law Building. The event is free and open to the public. 

Lazarus is a former clerk to Justice Harry Blackmun, an experience he would later write about in "Closed Chambers." The book was controversial at the time of its publication in 1989 because it was the first insiders look into the Court's workings and was seen by some to be a violation of a court clerk's code of not talking about their work.

Since then, Lazarus has divided his time between law practice, writing and teaching. In private practice, he has focused on appellate litigation, handling matters ranging from complex tax and administrative law to intellectual property, constitutional law and federal Indian law. He currently works for the law firm of Akin Gump and writes for such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, U.S. News, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. He also serves as a legal affairs analyst for a variety of media organizations.

He is also author of the book "Black Hills/White Justice: The Sioux Nation Versus the United States, 1775 to the Present."

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