Hall Center For The Humanities


Janet Murguia
National Council of La Raza, and Mary Murguia, U.S. District Court Judge

Women's Leadership Lecture: "An Evening with Janet and Mary Murguia"
Special Events

Thu., Feb. 25, 2010, 7:30pm
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
*The Emily Taylor & Marilyn Stokstad Women's Leadership Lecture

Join us for an evening with KU Alumnae, Janet and Mary Murguia. These sisters have dedicated their lives to public service, after obtaining both their undergraduate and their law degrees from the University of Kansas.

As someone who has experienced the promise of the 'American Dream' firsthand, Janet Murguia has devoted her career in public service to opening the door to that dream to millions of American families. Now, as a key figure among the next generation of leaders in the Latino community, she continues this mission as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.

Ms. Murguia has been recognized on numerous occasions for her work. She was featured in Newsweek's "Women and Leadership" issue, and chosen as one of Washingtonian Magazine's "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington." She has also received commendation by various publications and organizations dedicated to Hispanic issues, including Hispanic Business magazine's "100 Most Influential Hispanics," Hispanic magazine's "Powerful Latinos," Latino Leaders magazine's "101 Top Leaders of the Hispanic Community," and Poder magazine's "The Poderosos 100." In 2005, she received the KU Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus/na Award.

Ms. Murguia began her career in Washington, DC as legislative counsel to former Kansas Congressman Jim Slattery. She then worked at the White House from 1994 to 2000, ultimately serving as deputy assistant to President Clinton, providing strategic and legislative advice to the president on key issues. She served as deputy director of legislative affairs, managing the legislative staff and acting as a senior White House liaison to Congress. She then served as deputy campaign manager and director of constituency outreach for the Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign. In 2001, Murguia joined the University of Kansas (KU) as executive vice chancellor for university relations, overseeing KU's internal and external relations with the public, including governmental and public affairs.

Mary Murguia is the first Latina to serve on the U.S. District Court of Arizona. In 1985, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office in Kansas City, Kansas. She was responsible for all aspects of felony criminal prosecution with emphasis on sex crimes and child abuse. She tried over 40 state felony jury trials to verdict.

In August 1998, Judge Murguia served as Counsel to the Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She served as Counsel to the Director, providing guidance and counsel to the Director and the Attorney General's Advisory Committee on various law enforcement issues and policy initiatives at the Department of Justice.

In September 1999, Judge Murguia was appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno to serve as Director for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, for the Department of Justice. In that capacity Judge Murguia provided oversight of and support to the 94 Offices of the United States Attorneys, approximately 5,000 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and approximately 5,000 support staff employees and served as the primary liaison between the United States Attorneys and the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, the Department's legal divisions, and other Department components.

The Emily Taylor & Marilyn Stokstad Women's Leadership Lecture is named for two women who were prominent leaders at the University of Kansas. The fund they established supports lectures by prominent women on women's leadership issues. The Hall Center for the Humanities administers the lecture.
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