Appellate judge is next Patricia Adams lecturer

A U.S. appellate judge is to serve as the spring semester’s Heidelberg University Patricia Adams Lecture speaker April 6.

Susan Graber became a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1997. The Ninth Circuit serves nine western states and two Pacific Island jurisdictions.

“In the 7-year history of the Patricia Adams Lecture Series, we have never had a federal judge, so we are very excited about her coming to Heidelberg,” Susan McCafferty, PAL committee member, said. “We like to bring in women who are outstanding leaders in their fields and have national recognition. Judge Susan Graber certainly fits the bill.”

Graber is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School. She previously worked in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Cincinnati and Portland, Oregon. She was the presiding judge for the Oregon Court of Appeals, also serving as an associate justice in the Supreme Court of Oregon before her current appointment.

Graber also has served in leadership positions in the legal profession, most recently serving on the Federal Bar Association Oregon Chapter Board and the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.

McCafferty said Graber is to speak about the life lessons she has learned along the way from her college days at Wellesley, her law school days at Yale, her work as a private practicing attorney and her life as a judge. Specifically, Graber is to talk about women, leadership and the law.

The presentation and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. April 6 in Seiberling Gym. Cost is $25 per person for the chicken or vegetarian option and $35 per person for the steak option.

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