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The Madison Vision Series:
Contemporary Issues in an Engaged Society

  On Wednesday, September 17th at 3:30 p.m. in the Forbes Center Concert Hall, James      Madison University’s Office of the President--in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of  JMU’s department of Outreach & Engagement--welcomes Justice William C. Mims. Justice  Mims will serve as the Constitution Day speaker in the Madison Vision Series. He will deliver a  lecture titled, Be It Ever So Humble: Justice as a Virtue.

 Justice William C. Mims became a member of the Supreme Court of Virginia in 2010.   Justice  Mims previously served as Attorney General of Virginia and Chief Deputy Attorney General.    He also served in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.

 Justice Mims grew up in Harrisonburg, and was educated in the Harrisonburg public schools.  He received a degree in History from the College of William and Mary, where he also did  graduate work in Public Administration.  He has law degrees from George Washington  University and Georgetown University.

 During his years in the General Assembly, Justice Mims worked as an attorney in Leesburg.  Prior to practicing law he served on the staffs of U.S. Representative Frank Wolf and former U.S. Senator Paul Trible. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association, and was a Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at George Mason University.  He presently serves on three non-profit boards – the John Marshall Foundation, the Virginia Health Care Foundation and Voices for Virginia’s Children.  In his spare time he enjoys reading and distance running.

The President’s Madison Vision Series was developed to advance the university’s efforts to prepare students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives. The series brings prominent speakers to campus to look at our current civic landscape through the prism of creating an engaged and enlightened citizenry.  It will also reflect upon the continuing relevance of the thoughts and beliefs of our Founding Fathers, particularly James Madison for whom the University is named.  Throughout the academic year, the Office of the President, in conjunction with the department of Outreach & Engagement’s Madison Institutes, along with other departments, brings prominent speakers to look at contemporary issues as they relate to an engaged society.  Suggestions for possible future speakers are welcome and may be sent to Maggie Evans in the President’s Office at evansmb@jmu.edu.