Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. receives gift

Dozens in Legal Profession Attend TMU’s 37th Annual Lawyers’ Lunch

Thomas More University held its 37thAnnual Lawyers’ Lunch, commemorating the 541stanniversary of the birth of Saint Thomas More, Sunday, Feb. 17, on their Crestview Hills, Ky. campus.

The annual event began with Mass at the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel and was followed by a luncheon and program in Steigerwald Hall. The event was well attended by more than 50 TMU alumni and friends of the University who are part of the legal profession.

“The annual Lawyers’ Lunch is one of the premier events on the calendar at Thomas More,” said Noah M. Welte, Esq., director of legal affairs and auxiliary services. “It is always a special occasion when the northern Kentucky legal community is able to come together to celebrate the life our institution’s distinguished namesake – the patron saint of lawyers and politicians.”

This year’s 2019 keynote speaker was Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. Minton serves on the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Second Supreme Court District. He was elected to the Supreme Court in 2006 and was re-elected to another eight-year term in 2014. He’s currently serving his third, four-year term as chief justice. Through his role, he has made it a priority to invest in the people who operate the courts and in the court technology. His sweeping technology initiative has brought eFiling to every Kentucky county.

In 2016-17, he served as president of the Conference of Chief Justices and chair of the National Center for State Courts Board of Directors. He was appointed to the State Justice Institute Board of Directors in 2016 and currently serves as board chair. He was previously in private practice and a judge for the Circuit Court and Court of Appeals. He holds degrees from Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky College of Law.

“Chief Justice Minton’s keynote challenged those present to see the rule of law and our complex decisions through the value of integrity, which exemplified the life and death of Saint Thomas More and provided an invaluable opportunity to reflect on the mission of Thomas More University and the work we do to serve our students,” Welte added.

Past keynote speakers for the Lawyers’ Lunch event include Gary P. Zola, Ph.D., executive director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Achieves at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, as well as Jeffrey Standen, J.D., dean of NKU Chase College of Law and professor in 2017.

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