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News Justice Clarence Thomas to Headline 2011 Roman L. Hruska Institute

Justice Clarence Thomas to Headline 2011 Roman L. Hruska Institute

Justice ThomasJustice Clarence Thomas, United States Supreme Court, is the 2011 Roman L. Hruska Institute distinguished speaker. At noon on Thursday, September 15, Justice Thomas will deliver a lecture at the University of Nebraska College of Law. The public is invited to attend.

Thomas was born in the Pin Point community of Georgia near Savannah June 23, 1948. He married Virginia Lamp, a Nebraska native, in 1987; he is the father of one child, Jamal Adeen. Thomas attended Conception Seminary and received an A.B., cum laude, from Holy Cross College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974. He was admitted to practice in Missouri in 1974 and served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri from 1974-1977, an attorney with the Monsanto Company from 1977-1979, and Legislative Assistant to Senator John Danforth from 1979-1981. From 1981-1982, he served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, and as Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1982-1990.

Thomas became Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1990. President George H.W. Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat October 23, 1991.


On Friday, September 16, Thomas will observe Constitution Day with students at Lincoln High School and at Northwest High School's Law, Government, and International Diplomacy Academy in Omaha.

The Hruska Institute recognizes the career of the late Senator Roman L. Hruska who served as United States Senator for Nebraska from 1954 to 1977. He participated prominently in efforts to enhance the administration of justice in the Federal Court. His contributions to the law include many of the crime control reform activities of the 1970. The Hruska Institute is a joint effort of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, the University of Nebraska College of Law, and the Federal Bar.


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