Constitution Day Lecture to Feature Wooster Alumnus Solomon Oliver

Chief Judge of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to speak Sept. 20

12 September, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio – Solomon Oliver, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, will present “Shoring Up the Constitution: The Legacy of the African-American Lawyer and the Quest for Equality” at the annual Constitution Day Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at The College of Wooster. The free public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 105 of Scovel Hall (944 College Mall). A dessert reception will precede the lecture.

Oliver earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and political science from The College of Wooster and law degree from New York University School of Law. He was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President Bill Clinton in 1994, and has served as chief judge of that court since 2010. Prior to his appointment, Oliver was a professor of law at Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and served as special assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. In addition, he served with the U.S. Justice Department as an assistant U.S. attorney in Cleveland and was chief of the civil section of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Oliver has written articles and lectured on a wide range of topics at colleges and universities, at continuing legal education seminars and at judicial conferences. He has received various awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Wooster and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the New York University Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association.

Oliver has served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the policy-making body of the federal judiciary, and currently serves on its advisory committee on civil rules. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation and the Board of Trustees of The College of Wooster. He previously served as chair of the Council of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and is its immediate past chair. He has also co-chaired the ABA Litigation Section's Minority Trial Lawyer Committee.

Constitution Day is intended to celebrate not only the birthday of our government, but also the ideas that make us Americans. The U.S. government has designated Sept. 17 as Constitution Day to commemorate the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution Day Lecture is sponsored by The College of Wooster's Pre-Law Advising Program. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2380) or email.