The Hon. Edith Jones, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, will speak about the interplay between the rule of law and the creation of wealth Feb.10 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She will speak at 6 p.m. in the Moot Court Room. A reception will follow.

The event is sponsored by the Richmond Law Federalist Society. It is free and open to the public and is made possible with the generous support of the Templeton Foundation.

Jones will discuss the indispensable role that continued adherence to the rule of law plays in the political and economic stability of the United States. She will also discuss the importance of the establishment of the rule of law in these difficult economic times across the globe.

Jones has been mentioned frequently as a potential nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States. Before her appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1985, she was in private practice. She also served as general counsel for the Republican Party of Texas. Jones graduated from Cornell University in 1971 and received a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in 1974. From 1974–85, she worked in private practice, specializing in bankruptcy law for the firm Andrews, Kurth, Campbell & Jones, where she became the firm’s first female partner.

Margaret Harker, president of Richmond Law’s Federalist Society, said, “Students, professors and lawyers throughout Richmond are looking forward to Chief Judge Jones’ visit. We are extraordinarily honored to have this highly-respected federal judge address our law school and our community.”



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