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Former U.S. attorney general Gonzales to talk legal ethics at Benedictine

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:11 p.m. CDT

LISLE – Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales will discuss legal ethics July 24 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, according to a news release from the school.

Gonzales was invited to speak at Benedictine as part of the university's nonpartisan Center for Civic Leadership.

The center is partnering with the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois and the DuPage County Bar Association to sponsor the event.

It will begin with an ethics course at 5 p.m. for attorneys led by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas or cocktails for the general public, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Singer Daniel Rodriguez will perform.

Gonzales will give the keynote presentation at 6:45 p.m.

The first Hispanic appointed U.S. attorney general, Gonzales served under the administration of former President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007, when he resigned.

His time in the position was marked by controversy over his involvement with Bush's counterterrorism policies and the dismissal of nine U.S. attorneys in 2006, as well as accusations that he deceived lawmakers.

Tickets to the event for the general public cost $50 and include dinner, two drink tickets and the presentation. Those for legal professionals are $75 with the same inclusions as public tickets plus two hours of Continuing Legal Education ethics credit for attendance of the course and keynote.

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