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Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to Deliver 2nd Rehnquist Center Lecture

Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is slated to deliver the second William H. Rehnquist Center Lecture on:

Friday, November 14, 2008
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The University of Arizona
James E. Rogers College of Law
1201 E. Speedway Blvd.
Ares Auditorium, Room 164

If you are coming to the College of Law for any purpose on Friday, Nov. 14, access will be restricted in the following areas from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.:
Santa Rita Road from Speedway to Helen
Snell and Wilmer Courtyard
Patio area and loading dock immediately north of the Law Commons

To enter the Law Commons during this time for classes or any other purpose, please use the south side entry doors located on Speedway Boulevard. If you are approaching the College from the north side of the building, you may use Mountain Avenue or Park Avenue to reach Speedway. (Rountree Hall may be accessed from parking lot, but the area between Rountree and the Law Commons will also be restricted from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.)

If you are attending the lecture, please allow sufficient time to enter the building in this manner, then proceed to the Lewis and Roca Lobby for check in. The doors to the lecture hall and videostreaming room(s) are scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m. No backpacks will be allowed in the Lecture Hall. After checking in, those attending the lecture may then move directly into the appropriate room to stay until the conclusion of the lecture and the departure of Secretary Chertoff. The patio and courtyard areas will be cordoned off from 9:30 until the Secretary has departed the premises. Please note that no late entry will be allowed into the Ares Auditorium.

The free event is hosted by the non-partisan Rehnquist Center at the James E. Rogers College of Law and is open to the public. Law students and Rehnquist Center guests will have priority seating, along with those who have confirmed reservations. Others are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis for available seating in the Ares Auditorium. A live videostream of the lecture may be available if the Ares Auditorium fills to capacity. Please RSVP to Donna Ream at or by phone at (520) 626-1629 so that we may plan for adequate seating. Photo ID will be required for admission.

Secretary Chertoff was sworn in as the second Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in February 2005. He served as a United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals from June 2003 until assuming the Cabinet position. Prior to that time, he was Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Before joining the Bush Administration, Chertoff was a partner in the law firm of Latham & Watkins. From 1994 to 1996, he was Special Counsel for the U.S. Senate Whitewater Committee. For more than a decade, Secretary Chertoff was a federal prosecutor in New Jersey, where he prosecuted political corruption, organized crime, and corporate fraud cases. He is a 1978 Harvard Law School graduate and served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr., in 1979-80.

This event is one of many sponsored by the Rehnquist Center, to promote public understanding of the separation of powers among the three branches of the federal government, the balance of powers between the federal and state governments, and judicial independence. Details on Rehnquist Center activities, public events, and programs are available at

Updated: 11/13/2008