Former U.S. Attorney General Gonzales to discuss legal ethics, his career at Benedictine

June 9, 2014

Gonzales-Alberto-R-portrait_webLisle, Illinois ~ Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales will discuss legal ethics on Thursday, July 24 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University.

Gonzales was invited to speak at Benedictine as part of the nonpartisan Center for Civic Leadership (CCL). Established in 2005 under the direction of former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, a 1968 Benedictine graduate and Distinguished Fellow, the CCL seeks to shape a new generation of public leaders and responsible citizens.
“We are excited to hear about Gonzales’ experiences as attorney general, and about legal ethics governing lawyers practicing in the federal courts,” Ryan said.

The event also features a vocal performance by Daniel Rodriguez, “America’s beloved tenor,” and begins with an ethics course at 5:00 p.m. for attorneys or cocktails for the general public, followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. Gonzales will give the keynote presentation at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are $50 for the general public, which include dinner, two drink tickets and the presentation. Tickets for legal professionals are $75 and include dinner, two drink tickets and two hours of Continuing Legal Education ethics credit (for attendance at the 5:00 p.m. course led by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas and Gonzales’ keynote presentation).

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The event is sponsored by the CCL in partnership with the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois and the DuPage County Bar Association. Proceeds benefit the CCL.

Gonzales, who was the first Hispanic appointed U.S. Attorney General, served from 2005-2007 under the administration of former President George W. Bush.

He was born in San Antonio, Texas and served in the Air Force from 1973 to 1975. After attending the Air Force Academy, he transferred to Rice University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1979. He earned a law degree from Harvard University Law School in 1982.

After Gonzales became a partner of the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins, he was appointed by Bush as senior adviser to the governor of Texas, chief elections officer and lead liaison on Texas Border and Mexican Affairs.

He was named Texas secretary of state in 1997, serving until 1999 when he was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court. He was elected to the court the following year by the citizens of Texas. Shortly after Bush was installed as president in 2001, Gonzales was named as White House Counsel. He resigned as U.S. Attorney General in 2007.

Today, Gonzales is the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law and dean at Belmont University College of Law where he teaches First Amendment, National Security, Separation of Powers and Constitutional Law.

His accomplishments include the Harvard Law School Association Award, the Central Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. He has also earned recognition as Hispanic American of the Year by Hispanic magazine and one of “The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” by Time magazine.

For more information, contact Barbara Juster Shore at or (630) 829-6247.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.

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