“The Constitution in Peace and War”
Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese visits the University of San Diego School of Law to discuss the role of the United States Constitution in relations to the Patriot Act and the Iraq War, including the role and outcome of the Commission on Iraq.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
5:30 p.m. – Presentation at the Peace & Justice Theatre, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice 6:30 p.m. – Reception in the Rotunda, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
RSVP by Wednesday, November 21, 2007
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Admission is free of charge.
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Edwin Meese III
Edwin Meese III served as the 75th Attorney General of the United States from February 1985 to August 1988 and as Counselor to the President from January 1981 to February 1985. As Attorney General and as Counselor, Meese was a key member of President Ronald Reagan’s Cabinet and the National Security Council. He directed the Department of Justice and led international efforts to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime.
A graduate of Yale University, Meese also holds a law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1977 to 1981, he was a professor of law and director of the Center for Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the University of San Diego. In addition to his background as a lawyer, educator and public official, he has been a business executive in the aerospace and transportation industry and served as vice president for administration of Rohr Industries, Inc. in Chula Vista, Calif.
Meese is the author of With Reagan: The Inside Story, (Regnery Gateway, 1992); co-editor of Making America Safer, (The Heritage Foundation, 1997); and co-author of Leadership, Ethics and Policing, (Prentice Hall, 2004). He currently holds the Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based public policy research and education institution. He is the acting chairman of the foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and a distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
A retired colonel in the United States Army Reserve, Meese now lives with his wife in McLean, Va. He lectures, writes and consults throughout the United States on a variety of subjects.
Joan E. Bowes
Longtime La Jolla, Calif. resident and civic activist Joan E. Bowes began her association with the University of San Diego in the early 1970s when she accompanied her mother to campus for a number of concerts. In 1985, University of San Diego Distinguished Professor of Law Bernard Siegan asked Joan to form the San Diego County Commission for the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. By September 1987, when Joan's committee had completed its ambitious mission, San Diego was second only to Philadelphia in the number of educational and celebratory events held in one metropolitan area. From then on, Joan's ties to the law school were solidly forged.
Continuing a family passion for learning, Joan established the Joan E. Bowes-James Madison Distinguished Speaker Series through the School of Law to inspire law students and other members of the San Diego community and to promote the open exchange of ideas. Bearing the name of James Madison-fourth president of the United States and “Father of the Constitution”-this annual series brings distinguished speakers from the field of law, diplomacy, government and politics to the University of San Diego School of Law.