State's top federal prosecutor to make opening statement
10:10:19 AM CDT - Friday, October 06, 2006
In a different kind of opening statement – one that will start the day for those attending this lecture – the highest-ranking federal law official in the state will be the next speaker in the WSU Alumni Association's breakfast speaker series.
Eric Melgren, the U.S. attorney for the district of Kansas, will speak at 8 a.m., following a 7:30 a.m. breakfast buffet, Monday, Oct. 16, in the Marcus Welcome Center.
After 15 years as an attorney and partner with the Wichita law firm Foulston Siefkin LLP, Melgren was appointed by President George W. Bush and sworn into his current job in early 2002. As the U.S. attorney, Melgren oversees some 2,000 civil and criminal federal cases handled through the district's Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City offices for the U.S. government.
As an undergraduate at WSU in the late 1970s, Melgren served as the student body president. He graduated magna cum laude from WSU in 1979, then went on to graduate in the top 5 percent of his Washburn University School of Law class. He was a law clerk for a U.S. district judge before spending 15 years with Foulston Siefkin.
Tickets for the event are $15, with discounts for WSU students. Online reservations can be made at www.wichita.edu/alumnibreakfastseries. The reservation deadline is Oct. 9. For more information, contact the WSU Alumni Association at 978-3290.
Compiled by Amy Geiszler-Jones.