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Judge to speak on religion and the American founding, Oct. 11

U.S. Circuit Court Judge Michael McConnell will deliver the inaugural Herbert W. Vaughan Lecture on America's Founding Principles at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in 104 Computer Science.

The title of the lecture, sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions , is "Virtue, Republicanism and Disestablishment of Religion at the Founding."

One of America's most distinguished jurists and legal scholars, McConnell was appointed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2003. Previously, he argued 11 cases before the Supreme Court, including Mitchell v. Helms, involving aid to religious schools.

In his scholarly work, McConnell specializes in constitutional law and has written on freedom of religion, segregation, unenumerated rights and constitutional theory. He teaches part time as Presidential Professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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