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Sebastian T. Patti, housing court supervising judge of the first municipal district in the city of Chicago, will speak on "The Role of the Judge in Our Society: Decision-Maker and Problem-Solver" on Monday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. in Reed’s Vollum lounge. This lecture, which is sponsored by the Mildred Twohy Benezet Memorial Lecture Fund, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Sebastian Patti was appointed to the housing court in 1999, after serving in hearing cases involving building code violations, zoning, and forfeiture actions for illegal drug houses since 1998. He was first appointed a circuit judge in 1995, when he worked in the child protection division of the juvenile justice and child protection department. Patti also made history as Illinois’s first openly gay judge.

Before becoming a judge, Patti was the associate regional counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 1979 to 1995. His distinguished work at the EPA earned him numerous government awards, including medals for toxics and clean water litigation. Patti holds a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and a B.A. (cum laude) in history and zoology from Duke University.

Established in 1978, the Mildred Twohy Benezet Memorial Lecture Fund supports an annual political science lecture by an important figure who shapes or researches public policy. Mildred Twohy Benezet ’40, a political science major at Reed, displayed a lifelong interest in learning and an avid interest in social justice.

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