Justice Thomas to talk at Duquesne U. April 9

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Duquesne University's School of Law will host what it calls an afternoon with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on April 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the Duquesne Union ballroom.

Justice Thomas, the only African-American justice on the court, was appointed in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush to the seat formerly held by the late Thurgood Marshall.

Justice Thomas is "one of the most controversial, yet misunderstood and fascinating members of the Supreme Court," Duquesne Law Dean Ken Gormley said in a statement promoting the appearance. "Perhaps no justice in modern history has attracted so much public scrutiny, yet he remains unknown to many Americans."

Before joining the nation's high court, Mr. Thomas was as an assistant attorney general in Missouri; assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education; chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

He is a graduate of both Yale Law School and the College of the Holy Cross.

Those wishing additional information can call 412-396-2462.

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