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Federal judge to speak as part of Rockford College series

Friday, September 12, 2008  
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Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois and the first immigrant Armenian judge in the U.S. will give a talk at Rockford College Thurs., Sept. 18, 4 p.m. in the Maddox Theatre.

Der-Yeghiayan’s talk, “Checks and Balances: The Wisdom of the Framers of the United States Constitution” coincides with Constitution Day observed around the country to mark the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Appointed to the bench in 2003 by President Bush, Der-Yeghiayan was born in Syria and raised in Lebanon.  He previously worked with the U.S. Justice Department’s Chicago Office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. During that time, he earned several honors for his work including the District Counsel of the Year Award.

Admission to Forum events is free and open to the public, though a ticket is required and may be picked up at the Rockford College box office.  For more information, call 815-226-4100.   

The next forum speaker is Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time.  His talk will take place Sept. 19, 7 p.m. at the Coronado Performing Arts Center.  The talk is free and open to the public, though a ticket is required and may be reserved through the Coronado, phone 815-968-0595.  For more information on future Forum speakers, see 

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