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Legal Commentator-Professor to Speak at WIU February 22 Pre-Law Honors Symposium

February 18, 2002

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MACOMB, IL - - Amy Gajda, Illinois Public Radio legal commentator and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Law, will speak at the Friday, Feb. 22 Inaugural Pre-Law Honors Symposium at Western Illinois University.

Gajda's keynote lecture, "Headlines and Holdings: The Real Paper Chase," will begin at 3:15 p.m. in Stipes Hall 501. The lecture is open to the public.

Recognized with two consecutive Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards for best editorial commentary, Gajda worked as a television journalist before attending law school and practicing law in Washington, D.C. for Miles and Stockbridge. She continues to host PBS television interview programs in addition to teaching legal research and writing, advocacy and defamation and privacy at the UIUC College of Law.

The afternoon symposium, hosted by Western's Illinois Centennial Honors College, begins at 1:30 p.m. and is designed to give pre-law honors students a better understanding of what to expect from law school and legal studies, according to Martin Dupuis, Honors College pre-law adviser and assistant political science professor.

A roundtable discussion for pre-law students on the theme "Experiencing Law School: Reflections on the Law and Legal Studies" will be presented by three law school students, two of whom are WIU alumni: Jacob "Jake" Koller, a 1999 political science and pre-law honors graduate currently attending the University of Iowa Law School; and Steve Rineberg, a 1998 political science and pre-law honors graduate currently attending St. Louis University Law School. The third presenter is Kurt Richardson, a student at Southern Illinois University Law School.

Gajda's public lecture is co-sponsored by the Visiting Lecture Committee, the Council of Student Activities Funds, the College of Arts and Sciences and the political science department.

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