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FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to speak at Stanford on finding the right balance between security and freedom

Stanford Law School will host FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III in Memorial Auditorium on campus on Friday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m. He will be speaking as the winner of the 2002 Jackson H. Ralston prize.

The lecture is open to the media, but journalists are requested to RSVP to Linly Harris at (650) 723-2232 or Following the lecture, Mueller will take questions from the audience. Afterward, journalists will be invited to meet in the Green Room adjacent to Memorial Auditorium for a media-only conference with Mueller from about 6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This is a ticketed event, open to the Stanford University community. A limited number of free tickets are available at the Stanford Ticket Office.

Biography of Robert S. Mueller

Robert S. Mueller III was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by the United States Senate on Aug. 2, 2001. He took the oath of office on Sept. 4, 2001.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mueller served in a number of key roles in the U.S. Department of Justice, holding various positions as a prosecutor and supervisor in both the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California in San Francisco and the District of Massachusetts in Boston. Mueller served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division from 1990 to 1993. During his tenure, he supervised the prosecutions of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and Mafia crime boss John Gotti, and the successful investigation of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Mueller served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years, including one year in the Third Marine Division in Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

The Jackson H. Ralston Lecture in International Law

The Ralston prize is awarded to someone who has made distinguished contributions to the development of the role of law in international relations. Opal Ralston established the prize at Stanford Law School in memory of her husband, Jackson H. Ralston, a prominent international lawyer, teacher and judge. The Ralston lecturer is chosen by the university's president, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, or their representatives.

Former Ralston lecturers have included Olof J. Palme, prime minister of Sweden (1977); Tommy T.B. Koh, ambassador from the Republic of Singapore to the United States and to the United Nations (1985); former President Jimmy Carter (1987); Oscar Arias Sánchez, president of Costa Rica (1988); Pierre Elliott Trudeau, former prime minister of Canada (1989); Václav Havel, president of the Czech Republic (1994); Helen Suzman, member of the South African Parliament (1996); Warren Christopher, former U.S. Secretary of State (1998); and George J. Mitchell, former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader (2000).



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