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Law Mon Apr 29 2013

Eric Holder & John Ashcroft to Discuss Former AG Edward Levi at UChicago

Last Thursday's dedication ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum brought five living US presidents together, along with a spate of articles assessing the polarizing former president's legacy.

But what often gets lost in the pages of recent political history are the legacies of men and women who serve just below the president, and subsequently impact the policies that shape the government and country in ways beyond what most Americans realize.

Tuesday, April 30, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics invites you to take a look at one such individual -- Edward Levi, the attorney general nominated by Gerald Ford to clean up the Justice Department in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

To commemorate Levi's impact, and mark the publication of the new book, Restoring Justice: The Speeches of Attorney General Edward Levi by Jack Fuller, former special assistant at the US Department of Justice, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics will feature formal remarks about the man by US Attorney General Eric Holder, followed by a panel discussion featuring former AG and US Senator John Ashcroft, Fuller; and moderator Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago Law School.

The discussion will be held April 30 at 6pm in the Logan Arts Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th St. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be registered in advance here. For more information, please visit the Institute's official website.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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