Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to Speak at Pope & John Lecture Series on Professionalism

September 16, 2011

Attorney General Lisa Madigan will deliver the 2011 Pope & John Lecture on Professionalism at the Law School. Her lecture, “Legal Issues Facing State Attorneys General,” will take place on Monday, September 26, at 5:30 p.m. in Lincoln Hall. The event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow in the Law School atrium.

Madigan became the first woman elected to serve as the Illinois attorney general in 2002 and is one of only a handful of female attorneys general in the country. Last year, she was elected to her third term as attorney general and now is the senior-most female attorney general in the country.

Before her election to this position, Madigan served in the Illinois Senate and worked as a litigator for a Chicago law firm. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a teacher and community advocate, developing after-school programs to help kids avoid drugs and gangs. Madigan also volunteered as a high school teacher in South Africa during apartheid.

Each year, the Pope & John Lecture on Professionalism focuses on the many dimensions of a lawyer’s professional responsibility, including legal ethics, public service, professional civility, pro bono representation, and standards of conduct. The series is part of the Law School’s Bartlit Center for Trial Advocacy, directed by professor Steven Lubet.