MISSOULA – Former United States Secretary of Defense Charles “Chuck” Hagel will deliver the 2017 Judge William B. Jones and Judge Edward A. Tamm Judicial Lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in the George and Jane Dennison Theater at the University of Montana. A reception will follow at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law.
Hagel is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War and served in the U.S. Senate from Nebraska from 1997 to 2009. He served as Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2015 and, later, as a professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Hagel is the first non-lawyer to deliver the prestigious lecture. He will discuss his view of the judicial branch, and lecture series founder Robert Bennett of Washington, D.C., will moderate. Bennett holds an honorary doctorate of laws from UM.
“Since 1997, the Jones Tamm Judicial Lecture Series has afforded our students the opportunity to hear from some of the most prominent legal minds in the country – from the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to the U.S. attorney general,” said Dean Paul F. Kirgis. “As we celebrate 20 years since the inaugural lecture, we are very fortunate to host Secretary Hagel, who has served this country in a variety of important settings and brings his own unique viewpoint on the judiciary.”
The Jones-Tamm Judicial Lecture Series honors the memory of two distinguished jurists who left their mark on the federal judiciary. In their work as trial judges on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and in Judge Tamm’s work on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, they established themselves as judges deeply committed to improving the administration of our judicial system and preserving and enhancing the rule of law in our society.