Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science March 3

Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science press release for Sunday, Mar. 3, 2024:

“The Federal Judicial System” will be the topic of the Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science program for Mar. 3, 2024. U. S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey, J. D., will explain why the drafters of the Constitution created a federal judicial system, its structure, the process for appointing federal judges and the rules they must follow. The program begins at 10 a. m. at the Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett St., Salida, CO.

Judge Laughrey will share some of her more interesting cases to illustrate how courts resolve real world disputes, and the unique challenges faced by judges generally and federal judges specifically when they must interpret and apply the law, including Constitutional provisions. 

She will also discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's role in developing the rule of law in frontier America and historical examples of how U.S. Supreme Court decisions have profoundly impacted and tested our country. Finally, she will talk about her experiences in other countries and briefly compare their systems to our federal judiciary, as time permits.

Judge Laughrey was appointed to the federal bench by President William Jefferson Clinton in 1996, becoming the first woman to serve as a U.S. District Judge in the Western District of Missouri.  Prior to her appointment, she was a Professor of Law at the University of Missouri where she was recognized repeatedly as a distinguished faculty member and for her excellence in teaching. In 1991, she was awarded a Fulbright to the University of Linz, in Austria where she taught American legal principles. For several years during her judgeship, she served on the International Judicial Relations Committee (IJRC) making presentations to jurists in multiple nations. She is currently a member of the American Law institute, the leading independent organization in the U. S. producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law

Judge Laughrey enjoys skiing, whitewater boating and wilderness camping with her family and has recently taken inactive status.

Central Colorado Humanists sponsor Sunday Science on the first Sunday of each month. Each presentation is informative and features a science topic that is understandable by both scientists and non-scientists. The doors open at 9:30 a. m. and the talk begins promptly at 10 a. m. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Please join us.

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