Student Legal Forum Celebrates 70 Years of High-Profile Speakers
The Student Legal Forum at the University of Virginia School of Law, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has hosted an impressive list of influential public figures over time.
High-profile politicians, judges, actors, writers and activists have all delivered remarks at the student organization’s request.
Guests expound upon legal topics, politics and other issues of civic interest.
Former President Harry S. Truman addressed the Law School after leaving office.
Future President John F. Kennedy spoke as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (invited by younger brother, Robert F. Kennedy '51).
Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, who was under investigation for corruption, spoke just months before his resignation.
Others, such as director Oliver Stone and actress Whoopi Goldberg, spoke from their perspectives as entertainers and social commentators.
The forum has even received the in-person advice of Miss Manners herself, Judith Martin.
With the exception of a few semesters of inactivity in the 1990s, the forum has been inviting important speakers for seven decades. The following is a slideshow of some of the more recognizable personalities who have visited.
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