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Civility, Humility in Government Topic of U of I Law Lecture Feb. 27 in Boise

February 19, 2019

BOISE, Idaho — Feb. 19, 2019 — The level of civility in law and government has seen a sea change in recent years, an issue Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady will address during the University of Idaho College of Law ’s sixth annual Denton Darrington Lecture on Law and Government Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Boise.

Canady will discuss “Civility, Humility, and Interbranch Relations” during the annual lecture at 5 p.m. Mountain time Feb. 27 at the Lincoln Auditorium in the Idaho State Capitol. The lecture will also be broadcast live at U of I in Moscow and onIdaho Public Television.

On the heels of the longest federal government shutdown in American history, largely the result of a breakdown in relationships between branches of government, Canady’s lecture on interbranch relations aims to lend insight to that breakdown. Canady will discuss how consideration and courtesy between branches flow from understanding — and how the door to incivility opens when one branch lacks that understanding.

“At the College of Law, we take our university’s land-grant mission seriously, working hard to help further society’s understanding of, and commitment to, justice and the rule of law. The annual Denton Darrington Lecture on Law and Government is a prime example of that commitment,” said Jerrold Long, dean of the U of I College of Law. “In partnership with the state, we host these events to engage the community and share ideas with the people who can put them to work.”

Canady has served on the Florida Supreme Court since 2008. In March 2018 he was elected by his colleagues to a second term as chief justice, having served previously from July 2010 through June 2012. Prior to his time on the court, Canady served three terms in the Florida House of Representatives and four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Chief Justice Canady’s experience in both the judicial and legislative branches makes him well-qualified to speak on this increasingly timely topic,” Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Burdick said. “We are excited to host him and look forward to what is sure to be an illuminating lecture.”

The Darrington Lecture is free and open to the public. The College of Law will host a livestream viewing at 4 p.m. Pacific time in the Menard Building courtroom at U of I in Moscow.

Sponsored by the College of Law, the Idaho Supreme Court, the Idaho State Bar and the Idaho Law Foundation, the annual Denton Darrington Lecture on Law and Government is named for the longest serving senator in Idaho history and addresses a wide range of topics related to the improved administration of the justice system and features national, state and regional speakers to address Idaho citizens, students and officials from all three branches of government.

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