The Honorable John M. Ferren

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The Honorable John M. Ferren will deliver a lecture on his book, Salt of the Earth, Conscience of the Court: The Story of Justice Wiley Rutledge, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 10, 2004 in Room 309 of Anheuser-Busch Hall. Judge Ferren is a senior judge for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Judge Ferren’s book, published by the University of North Carolina Press, examines the life of the Honorable Wiley B. Rutledge, former faculty member and dean of the Washington University School of law. In 1943, he became Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s eighth and last appointment to the United States Supreme Court.

During his six years on the Supreme Court, Justice Rutledge authored 171 opinions. He was a champion of civil liberties, and a former student of his remembered that Professor Rutledge made everyone in his classes understand that the law’s ultimate goal is to produce fairness instead of advantage in its application.

The lecture, which offers one MCLE credit, is free and open to the public.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Judge Ferren will participate on the panel of judges for the School of Law’s Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition Finals. Also on the panel will be two of Justice Rutledge’s former law clerks, the Honorable Louis Pollak, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Victor Brudney, the Robert B. & Candice J. Haas Professor in Corporate Finance Law Emeritus, Harvard Law School.