Judge to Discuss National Security Issues at CSU

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- U.S. District Court Judge Sterling Johnson Jr., who serves the Eastern District of New York, will be at Columbus State University Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. for a lecture about national security issues.

The Johnson lecture, free and open to the public, will be held in Blanchard Hall at CSU’s Cunningham Center, 3100 Gentian Blvd. Johnson is former commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the agency charged with developing federal sentencing policies and practices. He has dealt with numerous national security cases, including the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.

On campus as the inaugural speaker in the Hallock Lecture Series, Johnson will speak about the role of the U.S. Constitution in national security issues in an address titled “The Role of the Courts in National Security.”

“Judge Johnson has had a front row seat for some of the most important national security issues of this day. He will certainly bring a unique and valuable perspective with him to Columbus,” said Tom Dolan, chair of CSU’s political science department. “Judge Johnson is a great person to start our Hallock Lecture Series, a fantastic new resource for the university that will allow us to bring other national figures to CSU in the future.'

Before his federal appointment, Johnson was an attorney for 30 years. As a special narcotics prosecutor for New York City, Johnson supervised assistant district attorneys and investigators responsible for prosecuting more than 7,000 criminal cases. Johnson has been a guest lecturer at many universities and law schools in the U.S. and abroad.

The Hallock Lecture series is made possible through a gift from the Richard R. Hallock Foundation.

Col. Hallock was a decorated paratrooper in World War II, a seasoned officer and had a long military career that included Pentagon assignments. After retiring from the Army, Hallock became an advisor and consultant on political-military affairs, particularly in the Middle East. He and his wife, Myriam Johnston Hallock, a former U.S. Information Agency officer who now lives in Columbus, established the foundation before his death in 1999.

For more information, contact Tom Dolan, chair of CSU’s political science department, at 706-565-7875.