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UW Law Week Features Presenters from Northern Ireland

October 8, 2015
Head portraits of two men
John Dunlop and Tom Frawley

The University of Wyoming College of Law will feature “The Resolution of Conflict in Ireland,” a presentation by Northern Ireland civil leaders Tom Frawley and the Rev. John Dunlop, during Law Week Oct. 12-16.

Their presentation will take place Wednesday, Oct. 14, at noon in the large moot courtroom, Room 178 of the UW College of Law Building. The talk is free and open to the public.

Law Week begins Monday, Oct. 12, and serves as a forum featuring speakers from a wide range of backgrounds in government, academia, public interest groups and private practice. All presentations are arranged by UW College of Law student groups, and the week is organized by the Potter Law Club.

Frawley and Dunlop will explore the challenges associated with any community where there are differences of perspective, identity and power. The presentation will focus on what lessons can be drawn from a place like Northern Ireland that can be of tangible use to other community leaders and advocates in other settings.

Frawley is the assembly ombudsman and Northern Ireland commissioner for complaints. He is the longest-serving ombudsman since the office was created in 1969. Following graduation from Trinity College in Dublin in 1971, he joined the National Health Service and, in 1973, was appointed unit administrator at the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

His career in health services later took him to North and West Belfast, and Lisburn. In 1981, he became chief administrative officer in the Western Health and Social Services Board, at the age of 31, the youngest person in the United Kingdom to be appointed to such a post. In 1985, he was appointed as the board's general manager.

Dunlop has received multiple national and international honors for his service to community relations. A graduate of Queen’s University in Belfast and the University of Edinburgh, he was the minister, from 1978-2004, of Rosemary Presbyterian Church in North Belfast -- Northern Ireland’s largest Protestant denomination. With the support and encouragement of the congregational leadership, he has exercised a wider ministry in efforts to improve relations between Protestants and Roman Catholics, encouraging each community to better understand the other’s culture and history.

The event is sponsored by the UW College of Law, the UW Department of Political Science through the Simpson Fund, the UW Center for Global and Area Studies, the UW International Programs office and the UW Center for Global Studies.

Frawley and Dunlop also will speak Friday, from noon-2 p.m., Oct. 16, at the Teton County Public Library in Jackson. Following their lecture, UW College of Law alumnus Bill Schwartz will moderate a discussion with Frawley and Dunlop.

All Law Week events will take place in the large moot courtroom, Room 178 of the UW College of Law Building. The events for the week are as follows:

Monday, Oct. 12, noon -- “Defending Terrorists in Guantanamo Bay.”

Monday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. -- “Nationwide Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage: Panel Discussion of Policy and Event Surrounding the Supreme Court’s Final Decision.”

Tuesday, Oct. 13, noon -- “Trauma Informed Care.”

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m. -- “Getting Away with Murder in Yellowstone’s ‘Zone of Death.’”

Wednesday, Oct. 14, noon -- “The Resolution of Conflict in Ireland.”

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m. -- “Natural Resource Policy, Environmental Security and the Advancement of Human Rights.”

Thursday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. -- “Wyoming Supreme Court Oral Arguments.”

Thursday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. -- “How Human Rights Issues Affect Parties Before International Criminal Courts -- Prosecution, Defense, Victims, Governments and Corporate Entities.”

Friday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. -- “Challenging the Perspective of Justice: The ADA and Disability Studies.”

Friday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. -- “Cultural Impacts of Coastal Land Loss in Louisiana.”

Friday, Oct. 16, noon -- “What My Law Degree has Done for Me.”

For more information about the week’s schedule, visit the Law Week Web page at

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