Bellwood Lecture Program Features ABA President, Celebration of Bill of Rights

Friday, September 9 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – By the time Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III became president of the American Bar Association at the ABA’s annual meeting in Toronto this month, his presidential calendar already included a trip to Idaho.

Robinson will deliver the 2011-12 Sherman J. Bellwood Memorial Lecture at the University of Idaho on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 3:30 p.m., in the Administration Building Auditorium on the Moscow campus.

Robinson’s lecture is titled, "The American Judiciary: Underfunded, Misunderstood and More Important than Ever.” The presentation is free and open to the public.
The Bellwood program in Moscow will be coupled with presentations at the College of Law courtroom that celebrate the 220th anniversary of the U.S. Bill of Rights. Topics will include the First Amendment and the issue of states’ rights under the Tenth Amendment.

Robinson is a senior partner of Frost Brown Todd, a regional law firm encompassing more than 475 attorneys in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. He has devoted his career to civil litigation and appellate practice, with emphases in class actions, environmental law, product liability, governmental affairs and medical malpractice defense.

While in Moscow, Robinson also will meet with faculty, student leaders, university leaders and guests, and will speak to law students in Moscow about opportunities and challenges in the legal profession.

The following day, on Wednesday, Sept. 14, Robinson will deliver keynote remarks during a luncheon at the Boise Centre, 850 W. Front St. His topic will be “Against Any Winds That Blow … The Special Role of the Judiciary in Protecting Rights and Securing the Rule of Law.” The luncheon is an RSVP event.

Bill of Rights celebration events during the day in Boise will include panel discussions on media liberties and responsibilities, lessons from history when rights have been abridged, limited government, due process and accuracy of judgments in capital cases, and competing philosophies of constitutional interpretation.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Robinson has been recognized each year from 1997 to 2011 by Best Lawyers in America. He has served as the ABA’s treasurer, as a director of the American Bar Foundation, as a member of the ABA Board of Governors and House of Delegates, as a member of the Diversity Law Institute and as president of the Kentucky Bar Association. In 2010 the U.S. Legal Services Corporation awarded him a Certificate of Appreciation for Lifetime Pro Bono Services/Support.

The Bill of Rights component of the Bellwood program is a civic education outreach effort by the College of Law, in collaboration with generous sponsors and volunteers from the Idaho State Bar, including the Diversity, Family Law, Real Property and Business and Corporate Law sections.

For schedules and other information about all events in Moscow and Boise, contact Dean Helen Albertson by email at hap@uidaho.edu, or by phone at (208) 885-2256. More information is also available online at: www.law.uidaho.edu.
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