Patrick Leahy at lectern

Senator Patrick Leahy Delivers Rauh Lecture

On Tuesday, June 16th, after a breakfast reception, United States Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) delivered the 17th annual Joseph L. Rauh Jr. Lecture to a standing room only crowd of 200 at UDC’s Window Room. Leahy, who as Chair of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee would preside over the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor three weeks later, shared his views on the Sotomayor nomination, the nomination process and the political situation. His talk was filmed by C-SPAN which made the tape available on its website by the afternoon. He was introduced by Rauh Professor of Public Interest Law, Wade Henderson. UDC President Allen Sessoms, School of Law Foundation Chair Michael Rauh, and UDC Law Dean Broderick all made brief welcoming remarks. At the conclusion of Senator Leahy’s remarks, he took questions from two of the more than 20 members of the entering Class of 2012 who were in attendance, and he accepted the Dean’s Cup from Dean Broderick.

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Vernon Jordan at lectern

16th Rauh Lecture: Vernon Jordan on The 2008 Election

Vernon Jordan gave the 16th Annual Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Lecture on April 14, 2008, before more than 250 honored guests in standing room only capacity in the Window Lounge. Mr. Jordan described the extraordinary diversity of the 2008 political race as one taking place between a woman, an African American and a senior citizen—to much laughter. He educated the audience about the central role Mr. Rauh played in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Michael Rauh, Joseph Rauh’s son and chair of the School of Law’s Foundation, served as master of ceremonies. UDC Acting President Stanley Jackson welcomed the crowd. Dean Shelley Broderick gave a state-of-the-law-school update stressing the need for a building to house the School of Law. Wade Henderson, the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Professor of Public Interest Law at UDC Law, provided a wonderful introduction of Mr. Jordan, outlining his childhood and successes in his Civil Rights and Corporate careers. The audience also remembered two stalwart supporters of the School of Law, Mrs. Hilda Mason and Mrs. Olie Rauh, who always attended the Rauh Lecture.

Rauh, Jordan, Broderick, Jackson, Henderson
Michael Rauh, Vernon Jordan, UDC Law Dean Broderick, UDC Acting President Stanley Jackson, Wade Henderson