"Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks -- no form of government can render us secure. To suppose liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them."
-- James Madison,
June 20, 1788

To honor Madison the man and the conviction expressed in his quotation, JMU presents The Madison Vision Series: Contemporary Issues in an Engaged Society. Sponsored by the JMU Office of the President and JMU Outreach and Engagement’s Madison Institutes and funded by donors to the Madison Forever Vision Fund. The Madison Vision Series brings scholars, thinkers and leaders of all kinds to campus for lively explorations of issues facing our contemporary society. As Madison steadfastly believed, cultivating an informed and engaged citizenry is essential to the health of our republican democracy. The Madison Vision Series aims to do just that, as prominent speakers look at our current civic landscape through the prism of creating an engaged and enlightened citizenry. The series reflects upon the continuing relevance of the thoughts and beliefs of our Founding Fathers, particularly James Madison himself.

Justice William C. Mims

This Constitution Day, September 17, 2014, James Madison University is pleased to welcome Harrisonburg's own, Justice William C. Mims. Justice Mims is a Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia and formerly served as Attorney General of Virginia as well as Chief Deputy Attorney General. He presently serves on three non-profit boards; the John Marshall Foundation, the Virginia Health Care Foundation and Voices for Virginia's Children.

He has also served in the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates. 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.

Justice Mims grew up in Harrisonburg, and was educated in the city’s 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. In his spare time he enjoys reading and distance running. The Justice ran the now infamous Boston Marathon last year (2013) and crossed the finish line five minutes before the two bombs exploded.

Free and open to the public, the series kicks off on Constitution Day Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 3:30 p.m. when Justice William C. Mims delivers his lecture, "Be It Ever So Humble: Justice as a Virtue"

- See more at: http://www.jmu.edu/president/mvs/features/mvs-video.shtml

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