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Former ambassador James Cunningham to deliver Kormendy Lecture

Mar 15, 2017

James Cunningham, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Israel and the United Nations, will deliver the Kormendy Lecture at noon March 16 in the large moot courtroom in the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law. Cunningham will discuss “Strengthening governance and rule of law in an era of crisis.” The talk is free and open to the public.

Drawing on his experience as ambassador to the United Nations, Israel and Afghanistan, James B. Cunningham will discuss the emerging context for well-intentioned and necessary efforts to improve governance and rule of law, and the real-world complexities of trying to achieve stronger, more democratic and prosperous states.

Cunningham is a senior fellow with The Atlantic Council. He previously served as ambassador to Afghanistan (2012 - 2014) and as deputy ambassador (2011-12). He was ambassador to Israel (2008-2011), consul general for Hong Kong and Macau (2005-2008), ambassador and deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in New York (1999-2004), and acting permanent representative to the United Nations for the first nine months of 2001, including on 9/11.

The Kormendy Lectureship was established in 1987 in Ohio Northern’s College of Law through an endowment from Helen E. Kormendy, widow of Dr. Steven W. Kormendy. The Dr. Steven W. Kormendy and Helen E. Kormendy Law Lecture Fund is used each year to bring prominent individuals to campus to address matters of law in a public forum in the College of Law. Dr. Kormendy, who died on Jan. 6, 1985, graduated from the ONU College of Law in 1928 and was posthumously awarded an honorary LL.D. in 1985. The Ohio State Bar Association honored him for 50 years of law practice, and he was active in the Hungarian community in Cleveland.