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Sullivan Part of 'Great Conversation' on Supreme Court

MAY 4, 2009—On May 12, 2009, E. Thomas Sullivan, University of Minnesota Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Kenneth Starr, dean and professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, will present the last in the University's 2009 "Great Conversations" series at 7:30 p.m. at the Ted Mann Concert Hall. The two legal scholars will share their perspectives and insights on how the U.S. Supreme Court works and how its decisions influence life in America. A dessert reception with the speakers will follow the presentation.

Sullivan came to Minnesota in 1995 and was the Law School's dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law from 1995 to 2002. He was named the Irving Younger Professor of Law in 2002, became senior VP and Provost in 2004, and was appointed the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law in 2005. Previously, he was dean of the University of Arizona College of Law and associate dean at Washington University in St. Louis. He earned his J.D. from Indiana University School of law and is a nationally recognized authority and author on antitrust law and complex litigation.

Starr was a federal judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1983-89, U.S. Solicitor General under President George H.W. Bush, and independent counsel for five investigations during the Clinton administration. He earned his J.D. from Duke University Law School and in 2002 published First Among Equals: The Supreme Court in American Life.

The Great Conversations series pairs prominent members of the University faculty with leading national and international experts for thought-provoking discussions on important issues that affect American society. Since the series began in 2002, 38 experts have brought critical topics and thought-provoking questions into focus for thousands of listeners.

As part of the 2009 series, Doris Taylor, University Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Repair and Medtronic-Bakken Chair in Cardiac Repair, and the Honorable Patricia Simmons, chair of the Board of Regents, discussed innovative science used to prevent and treat disease in an April 14 event entitled "Bio-Ethics of the Future."

On March 10, former Vice President Walter Mondale ('56) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, widely known for his investigative reporting, met in a conversation entitled "America's Constitutional Crisis." Larry Jacobs, holder of the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, served as moderator. They reviewed events that have tested the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, including use of executive power.

Great Conversations are offered by the University's College of Continuing Education and are sponsored by Mpls/St Paul magazine, Minnesota Public Radio, and MinnPost.com. Single tickets are $28.50 ($23.50 for University faculty, staff, students, Alumni Association members, and MPR members). To order tickets, call 612-624-2345.

Audio downloads and podcasts of all Great Conversations are available at www.cce.umn.edu/conversations/audio/index.html.