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Judicial Branch, State of New Hampshire
Laura Kiernan
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Listen to the Lecture


October 10, 2008--Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan delivered the 2008 John W. King Lecture at the New Hampshire Supreme Court on October 6. John D. Hutson, the dean of the Pierce Law Center in Concord, introduced Dean Kagan to about 150 guests who had gathered to hear her remarks, which focused on the goals and attributes of 21 st century legal education.

Other King lecturers have included U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware; former New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse; the late Congressman Tom Lantos; and the Chief Justice of Rhode Island, Frank Williams, a leading scholar on Abraham Lincoln.

The King lecture is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, a non-profit, charitable foundation which has funded the King lecture since it was launched in 1999. The intent of the King lecture is to promote public understanding of the role that the law plays in our society and throughout the world community.

The lecture is named for John W. King (1917-1996) who served three terms as Governor of New Hampshire from 1963 to 1969. King was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court in 1979, after serving for 10 years as a trial court judge. He was named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1981, a position he held until his retirement in 1986.