Rowberry to present Southeastern Constitution Day Lecture


Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
Date: September 11, 2012

      HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University's Department of History and Political Science will celebrate Constitution Day, Thursday, Sept. 20, with a lecture by Ryan Rowberry, former United States Supreme Court Fellow.

     An assistant professor at Georgia State University College of Law and associate director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, Rowberry will present "The History, Structure, and Challenges of the U.S. Legal System," at 1 p.m. in Southeastern's Student Union Theatre. The presentation is free and open to the public.

     "We are delighted to have Dr. Rowberry as a Constitution Day speaker, given his impressive credentials and his incredible breadth of experience, especially as a legal historian and a Supreme Court Fellow," said Bill Robison, head of the Department of History and Political Science. "This is one lecture that anyone interested in history, politics, or the law absolutely should not miss."

     Rowberry graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was an Islamic Legal Studies Fellow, a Cravath International Fellow, and received the Irving Oberman Award in Legal History. Upon graduation, he practiced environmental and natural resources law at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC. Rowberry was also a United States Supreme Court Fellow and collaborated with foreign judges and academics on judicial independence and rule-of-law matters.

     Prior to attending law school, Rowberry worked as an historian and an educator. He transcribed and collated all extant medieval manuscripts for three of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales." He also taught seventh grade at a charter school and lectured in English and history at Peking University in Beijing. He holds a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. At Oxford University, he earned a master's degree in comparative education policy and a master of studies degree in medieval British history. His research concentrates on cultural heritage, natural resources law, and the medieval Common Law judiciary.

     For more information about the lecture, contact Robison at (985) 549-2109.



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