Legomsky Lectures on Citizenship at Chair Installation

Stephen H. Legomsky was installed as the inaugural John S. Lehmann University Professor on March 26. The new professorship recognizes his outstanding scholarship, teaching, and service to Washington University, the School of Law, and the legal community.

Stephen Legomsky with Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton
Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton places
a medallion on Professor Stephen
Legomsky. [Mary Butkus photo]

The professorship was created through a charitable trust established by John S. Lehmann, LL.B. 1910, who was a distinguished lawyer and University trustee for more than 20 years.

An expert on immigration law, Legomsky delivered an installation address on "Citizens, Nations, and Walls," in which he discussed citizenship in terms of the formal legal bond between individuals and their country. He outlined how individuals obtain citizenship and the value of citizenship in the international arena. He then argued that extending the rights of citizenship to lawful permanent residents, with respect to internal, domestic laws, could help break down unnecessary walls that exclude some segments of the population. He concluded with remarks about the forming of the United Nations and the need to continue working toward its goal of creating a better world -- one that focuses on the greater good with a basic emphasis on humanity. 

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