Judge Stephanie D. Thacker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will deliver the annual Charles L. Ihlenfeld Lecture on Public Policy and Ethics at the West Virginia University College of Law on Wednesday, April 17, at 12 p.m. in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Thacker, a 1990 graduate of the WVU College of Law, will discuss the codes of conduct across her career as a lawyer, prosecutor and now judge. She will also address her path to the federal bench and the importance of public service.

Over the course of more than 20 years of practicing law, Thacker has worked in the civil and criminal litigation arenas, in private practice, and in public service. She began her career at a law firm in Pittsburgh and later served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia and in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

Following her tenure with the Department of Justice, Thacker was a member of Guthrie & Thomas, PLLC in Charleston, W.Va. In September 2011, she was nominated by President Obama to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 16, 2012.

The Charles L. Ihlenfeld (1908-89) Lecture annually brings to the WVU College of Law distinguished speakers in the area of public service and ethics. A prominent lawyer for 56 years and a former mayor of Wheeling, W.Va., Ihlenfeld devoted much of his life to public service. These lectures, established in his memory, honor a life and career marked by significant contributions to the practice of law, to the legal profession, and to civic affairs of his state and community.



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CONTACT: James Jolly, College of Law, james.jolly@mail.wvu.edu