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STLCC-Florissant Valley Hosts Constitutional Law Lecture Series

September 13, 2009

Florissant Valley will host several constitutional law lectures beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Wednesday, Nov. 4. Each lecture will be held from 7 - 8:15 p.m., on the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road in the Training Center, room 105/107.

The first lecture, "Picking Your Judges, One or Two-But Who Picks ‘Em? Them or You?" will be presented by Judge Ronnie White on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

In 1995, Judge White was selected by the Missouri Supreme Court to sit as a special judge and a year later he was appointed a Supreme Court Justice. Civil trials, appeals and business litigation representing investors, shareholders and small business owners are what Judge White concentrates his practice on.

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, attorney Kevin Buckley will present "Government Patents Over DNA? Corporate Rights Over Human Genomes? No Way!"

Buckley is a member of the Missouri Biotechnology Association, the International Society for Stem Cell Research and the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association Plant and Life Science Network. He is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is licensed to work in Missouri.

Attorney Jim Hacking will present "Lady Liberty After 9-1-1: “Give Me Your Huddled Masses…Well, Not All of Them!" on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Since 1997, Hacking has practiced law in the greater St. Louis area. He is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law with honors, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Saint Louis University Law Journal. In January 2008, he launched King, Krehbiel, Hellmich, Hacking & Borbonus, LLC.

The final lecture in the series will be presented by attorney Geri L. Dreiling and take place Wednesday, Nov. 4. "Sealed Court Files: Courthouse Secrets?"

Dreiling practiced law for several years and started work as a legal and investigative journalist. Her articles are award- winning and have appeared in several publications, including the ABA Journal, Missouri Lawyers Weekly, The Riverfront Times, The National Catholic Reporter and St. Louis Magazine. In 2005, her award-winning article appeared in an anthology published by the Chamberlain Brothers.

The Constitutional Law Lecture Series is sponsored by Florissant’s Valley department of Continuing Education and coordinated by attorney Doug Levine.

Admission is free and seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, contact Susan McKnight at 314-513-4237.