Ninth Circuit Judge Wallace to speak in Boise Feb. 3

The first edition of an annual lecture series named for former Idaho Sen. Denton Darrington will feature a senior member of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The lecture by Judge J. Clifford Wallace is set for Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Statehouse.

Darrington served 30 years in the Senate, including decades as Judiciary Committee chairman and helped write Idaho’s mandatory sentencing laws.

The lecture is sponsored by the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho State Bar and Law Foundation.

A news release follows:

Chief Judge Emeritus of U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to Deliver First Annual Darrington Lecture on Law and Government

Judge J. Clifford Wallace in Boise on February 3, 2014

(Boise) – One of the most senior judges on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, J. Clifford Wallace, will deliver the first annual Denton Darrington Lecture on Law and Government on February 3, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the Idaho State Capitol’s Lincoln Auditorium.

Judge Wallace, now the third most senior judge on the Ninth Circuit and the Chief Judge Emeritus of that court, has served on the federal bench since 1970 and on the Ninth Circuit since 1972. His lecture is entitled: What Can We Learn From the Political Party that Lost the Adoption of the Constitution Election?” Judge Wallace’s lecture alludes to the Anti-Federalists, who opposed ratification of the Constitution during the 1780s.  He will discuss several aspects of the debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists, and in particular will suggest that certain portions of the Anti-Federalist critique of the Constitution are of continuing relevance today.

A reception will follow the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

In a 2009 profile in California Lawyer magazine noted that Judge Wallace “has traveled to some 60 countries, advising judiciaries on everything from combating corruption to implementing mediation programs to staving off interference by a military president. His pioneering work in the international rule of law movement predates the American Bar Association’s initiative in Eastern Europe by 20 years.”

The annual Darrington Lecture is named in honor of long-time State Senator Denton Darrington who for many years chaired the Idaho Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee. The lecture is sponsored by the University of Idaho College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, and the Idaho State Bar and Law Foundation. The annual lecture is designed to address a wide range of topics related to the improved administration of the justice system and will feature well respected national, state, and regional speakers to address Idaho citizens, students, and officials from all three branches of government.

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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