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 Ihlenfeld Lecture 2014

Ihlenfeld Lecture 2014

The 22nd Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture on Public Policy and Ethics

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 12 p.m.


Presented by 
Judge James G. Carr

Sr. United States District Judge James G. Carr of the Northern District of Ohio (Toledo) was appointed by President William J. Clinton; Judge Carr assumed office on May 9, 1994. From December 22, 2004 until June 1, 2010, he served as Chief Judge. Since then he has continued to serve as a Senior District Judge.

Judge Carr is a 1962 graduate of Kenyon College and a 1966 graduate of Harvard Law School. After practicing law in Chicago and teaching part-time and IIT-Chicago Kent and Loyola University law schools, in 1970 he joined the faculty of the University of Toledo College of Law. In 1979 he was appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge.

From 2002 until 2008 Judge Carr served, by appointment of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, as a member of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts. He is the author of several books, including a two-volute treatise, The Law of Electronic Surveillance, of which he is the principal co-author, and articles.



The Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture annually brings to the West Virginia University College of Law distinguished speakers to lecture in the area of public service and ethics. 

Charles L. Ihlenfeld, a prominent West Virginia lawyer for 56 years, devoted much of his life to public service. These lectures, established in his memory, honor a life and career marked by significant contributions to the practice of law, to the legal profession, and to civic affairs of his state and community.

Mr.lhlenfeld was a tireless community supporter who loved Wheeling, W. Va., serving as its mayor from 1963 to 1967. His public service further encompassed state and federal jurisdictions when he served as Prosecuting Attorney of Ohio County from 1940 to 1948, and as U.S. Magistrate for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1971 to 1979. Mr. Ihlenfeld served on a multitude of foundations and commissions, always seeking to enrich his community and mankind.

Following his graduation in 1930 from West Virginia University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, Mr. Ihlenfeld studied at the WVU College of Law, becoming a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and receiving his J.D. in 1933. He was inducted into the WVU College of Law Emeritus Club in 1983, and he was a longtime supporter of the College.

Mr.lhlenfeld was a past president of the Ohio County Bar Association and a member of the West Virginia and American Bar Associations. He was active in politics, serving as a former chairman of the Ohio County Democratic Executive Committee and as president of the West Virginia Young Democrats.

The Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture, established with a bequest made to his alma mater, is a fitting legacy from a devoted public servant and attorney whose high ethical standards were his trademark. The lectures enrich the university community, the legal profession, and the state.

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