Cherie Blair Delivers Keynote Address at Bergman Memorial Lecture

San Diego (September 20, 2012) - Yesterday, University of San Diego (USD) School of Law welcomed Cherie Blair, human rights barrister, part-time judge and wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, to deliver the 2012 Jane Ellen Bergman Memorial Lecture Series keynote address.

In her talk titled, “Forging the Future: Human Rights, Justice and the Law,” Blair discussed her perspectives on life, learning, and the law in her lecture, titled “Forging the Future: Human Rights, Justice and the Law.”

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Blair’s recent appearance was her second visit to the law school. On September 14, 2011, she visited to announce the law school’s new partnership with the Africa Justice Foundation (AJF), which was founded by Blair. A global initiative that supports the development of justice systems in Africa, Blair and AJF chose USD School of Law as its first US partner law school based on the school’s well-known and internationally respected Master’s of Law (LLM) in Comparative Law program. The law school provides two scholarships each academic year for the partnership.

Blair studied law at the London School of Economics, campaigns for equality and human rights issues and, since 2008, oversees the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.