Federal judge to visit campus for Constitution Day

Topics: Student Affairs, College of Sciences and Humanities, Speakers

September 5, 2007

The newest federal judge in Indiana, Joseph Van Bokkelen, will be the featured speaker for Ball State's third annual Constitution Day on Sept. 17.

Van Bokkelen, who serves as the U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Indiana, will discuss "The U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century" at 4 p.m. in the Art and Journalism Building, room 175.

Van Bokkelen served in the Indiana Attorney General's Office before becoming the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. In that capacity, Van Bokkelen targeted the use and possession of illegal firearms, took action to combat gang activity and implemented drug-demand reduction programs. He also served on several committees including the Attorney General's Advisory Committee on Violent and Organized Crime, White Collar Crime and Sentencing Guidelines.

Constitution Day is sponsored by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science, with assistance provided by the office of Student Affairs.

By Jennifer Hillier

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