Murrah Lecture Series

The Alfred P. Murrah Lecture Series (Historical)

Established: 1978

History

The Alfred P. Murrah Lectureship was established at the SMU Dedman School of Law through the generosity of the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation to commemorate the life work of Judge Alfred P. Murrah. Judge Murrah was Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit from 1940 until his death in 1975 and was Director of the Federal Judicial Center from 1970 to 1974. Mr. Sumners was the United States Congressman from Dallas from 1913 until 1947, and chaired the House Committee on the Judiciary.
             
In 2012, the Sumners Foundation combined the Murrah Lecture Series in with the scholarship program, dissolving the lecture program.

Lectures

2012 
January 10, 2012

- Appellate Judges Education Institute Roundtable Judges Discussion
- “Best Approach to Briefing”

2011 
March 30, 2011

- “Thoughts on Federal Judicial Selection & Confirmation Process”
- Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr. – United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

February 22, 2011
- Allan Rosas – Judge of the European Court of Justice & Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence

January 20, 2011
- Appellate Judges Education Institute Roundtable Judges Discussion
- “The Art of Persuading Judges”

2009 
November 7,  2008

- Justice Adel Sherif – Deputy Chief Justice –Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt
- “The Rise of Transnational Networks Conference”

2008 
November 7, 2008

- Justice Adel Sherif – Deputy Chief Justice – Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt

2007 
October 26 & 27, 2006

- National Symposium on the American Jury System
- This year’s symposium continues the examination of the American Jury System begun with the publication of the “ABA Principles for Juries and Jury Trials”

February 19, 2007
- European Court of Justice Visit
- Supreme Court Summit

2006 
- Appellate Judges Education Institute
- Rosemary Sacket

2005 
March 3, 2005

- “The Appellate Judicial Process in the 21st Century” – Moderated by Professor William V. Dorsaneo, III
- Panelists -
-- Judge Sheldon Weisberg – Chief Judge – Arizona Court of Appeals
-- Judge Christine Quinn-Brintnall – Chief Judge – Washington State Court of Appeals
-- Judge Karen Lansing – Chief Judge – Idaho Court of Appeals

March 8, 2005
- Panelists –
-- Justice Harry T. Lemmon - Louisiana Supreme Court, retired
-- Judge Mark Martin – North Carolina Supreme Court
-- Judge James Wynn, Jr. – North Carolina Court of Appeals
-- Judge Judith Billings – Chief Judge – Utah Court of Appeals
-- Judge Rosemary Sackett – Chief Judge – Iowa Court of Appeals
-- Joe Whisler – Cooling & Herbers, P.c., Kansas City, Missouri
-- Mary Massaron Ross – Plunkett & Cooney, P.C., Detroit, Michigan
-- Sharon Freytag – Haynes & Boon, LLP., Dallas, TX
-- Kembra L. Smith – United States Court of Appeals – Eleventh Circuit

2001 
February 14-15, 2001

- Justice Antonin Scalia

April 22, 2001
- Supreme Court Summit

1998 
- 18th Annual Alfred P. Murrah Conference
- 4 Day historic lecture series delivered by 4 justices of the New South African Constitutional Court

Tuesday, October 20, 1998
- Justice Yvonne Mokgoro
- “Cultural Identity and National Unity in the South African Constitution”

Wednesday, October 21, 1998
- Justice Zakeria Mohammed Yacoob
- “Salient Features of the Constitution-Making Process in South Africa”

Thursday, October 22, 1998
- Justice Tholakele Hope Madala
- “Affirmative Action”

Friday, October 23, 1998
- Justice Pius Nkonzo Langa
- “The Protection of Human Rights by the Judiciary and Other Structures in South Africa”