April 22, 2005 Volume 20, Number 16
Judge Frederica Brenneman To Speak At Western
Judge Frederica Brenneman,
a member of the 1953 Harvard Law School class which was
the first class to admit women and the inspiration behind
the television show “Judging Amy” (starring
Brenneman’s daughter, Amy), will be on the campus Monday and Tuesday, April 25-26 to
speak to various groups and organizations. Brenneman’s
visit is part of the University’s year-long theme “Now
is the Time … Civic Engagement.”
In 1967 Brenneman
was appointed as a juvenile court judge, the second woman
on the bench in Connecticut history. She became a Superior
Court judge when the state trial courts merged in 1978.
In her long career Brenneman has specialized in abuse and
neglect cases, pushed for stronger legal protections for children,
shaped clear statewide protocols and case law, trained
innumerable judges and educated caseworkers, attorneys,
parents and the public on court procedures.
April 25, the Legal Association of WIU will host an open reception for
Judge Brenneman at 4 p.m. in the Union Sandburg Lounge. On Tuesday,
April 26, Judge Brenneman will
present the keynote address at the Western Organization
for Women annual banquet from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Union
Lamoine Room. Brenneman will share thoughts on her career,
her daughter’s career and the Juvenile Court. Also
on April 26, Brenneman will present, “I
Think I Can,” a discussion about enhancing self-esteem
of women and girls, from 3-4
p.m. in the Union Fox Room.
campuswide keynote address, “Impact Thinking: A Civic
Responsibility,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 26 in the College
of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall, followed
by a reception in the Union Prairie Lounge. The keynote
reception are open free to the public.
For more information
on Brenneman’s visit and presentations, call 309/298-3232.
For more information the University theme and social
dialogues, visit www.theme.wiu.edu.
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