Ronan Farrow, Kay Bailey Hutchison headline Elon Law's 2016-17 speakers

The Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series presented by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation returns for Elon Law’s 10th anniversary year with a November 2016 visit by NBC correspondent Ronan Farrow, followed in April 2017 by retired U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Two influential legal leaders in politics and media visit Elon University School of Law this year as part of the Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series presented by the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation.

Kay Bailey Hutchison, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law whose career included 20 years of service to Texas as a United States senator, visits Elon Law on April 13. Seating information will be announced at a future date.

Ronan Farrow, a Yale Law graduate who has worked as an NBC “Today Show” correspondent and as an advocate for humanitariasm around the globe, will delivered his talk – “The Power and Perils of the Millennial Mind” – on Nov. 15, 2016, at the law school in downtown Greensboro.

The Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series presented by The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation is an integral part of Elon Law’s commitment to learning, lawyering and leadership. Endowed through a generous gift from The Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greensboro, North Carolina, the Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series brings accomplished leaders from a variety of disciplines to Elon to share their experiences and perspectives with students and faculty.

Kay Bailey Hutchison
April 13, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Seating information to be publicized in early 2017
Elon Law (201 N. Greene Street, Greensboro)

Kay Bailey Hutchison is a business woman and public servant with more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She today serves as senior counsel at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.

Hutchison spent more than two decades as a public servant. Prior to her U.S. Senate service from 1993-2013, Hutchison served in the Texas House of Representatives and as Texas State Treasurer and was appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve as vice-chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Hutchison was one of only seven female senators when she was elected in a special election in 1993. During her tenure, she was elected to Republican leadership positions including chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. Hutchison was the highest-ranking Republican female prior to her retirement. Forbes magazine has ranked her one of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

Hutchison is one of only two women to serve in the Senate leadership, having first been elected Vice-Chairman of the Republican Conference and later elected Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.

She was most recently the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. She served for 16 years as a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and was Chairman of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee. She was elected as Chairman of the Board of Visitors for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, for two terms.

Hutchison grew up in La Marque, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas and UT Law School.

In June 2000, she and several colleagues co-authored “Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate,” and in 2004, she released her first book, a national best seller, “American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country.” Hutchison published her second bestseller, “Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers,” in October 2007. Her latest book is “Unflinching Courage.”

Ronan Farrow
“The Power and Perils of the Millennial Mind”
November 15, 2016

Ronan Farrow is an influential voice in government and media, helping traditional institutions address the frustrations – and tap the promise – of a new generation. Forbes Magazine has twice named him one of the “30 Under 30” most influential people in law and policy, and New York Magazine has named him “activist of the year.” He has received numerous human rights awards, including Refugees International’s McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for “extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people”.

His speeches on the struggles of young people he’s worked with around the world as well as his own childhood growing up amidst a high profile Hollywood scandal have been selected among NPR’s “Greatest Commencement Speeches Ever” and Huffington Post’s top ten speeches of the year.

As an NBC News anchor and investigative reporter, Farrow founded and fronts the Today Show’s “#Undercovered” series, combining traditional reporting with crowd-sourced story selection. He has also anchored an MSNBC cable news program, Ronan Farrow Daily. He has written about human rights and foreign policy for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Farrow served as a State Department diplomat in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and reported to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the United States’ first special adviser for global youth during the Arab Spring revolutions. He has also served as spokesperson for youth at UNICEF in Nigeria, Angola, and the Darfur region of Sudan, and appeared as an expert witness before the US Congressional human rights caucus.

Farrow achieved early notoriety as a child prodigy, starting college at 11 years old. He is a Yale Law School educated attorney and a member of the New York Bar, and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

He is the author of the forthcoming “Pandora’s Box: How America Creates Its Own Enemies” from Penguin Press.

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