Distinguished jurist Damon J. Keith is the special guest for Albion College's 2012 Opening Convocation, set for Friday, September 7, at 1 p.m. in the College's Goodrich Chapel. Keith visits as the College's 2012 William K. Stoffer lecturer.
Detroit native Keith has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977, following a term as chief of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Throughout a career that has spanned more than five decades on the bench, Keith has earned a reputation for legal interpretations grounded in the Constitution and its civil rights guarantees. Most notably, United States v. Sinclair, prohibiting the Nixon Administration from conducting warrantless wiretapping, is a landmark civil rights decision commonly referred to as the Keith Decision.
Keith was appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to chair the Biennial of the Constitution committees for the Sixth Circuit and the nation as a whole. He has received awards and honors from dozens on national and international organizations, including the NAACP, the American Bar Association, the National Urban League, the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, and more than 40 colleges and universities. Wayne State University Law School named its Center for Civil Rights in Keith's honor.
Albion College's 2012 Opening Convocation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Albion College Office of the President at 517/629-0210.