FBI Agent Coleen Rowley To Address University of Minnesota Law Grads
Media Note: Terri Mische will be on site to assist media. Media must be in place by 10 a.m. Rowleys address is expected to happen at 10:30 a.m.
What: Law School Commencement Address
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17 (Doors open at 9:15 a.m.)
Where: Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis
Contacts: Terri Mische, University of Minnesota Law School, (612) 625-6584 or (612) 636-1508 (cell)
Patty Mattern, University News Service, (612) 624-2801
(05/15/2003) —FBI Agent Coleen Rowley, who boldly criticized high-ranking FBI officials for blunders that blocked investigations that might have prevented the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, will deliver the University of Minnesota Law Schools commencement address at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, in Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis.
Rowley has been lauded as a national hero, and TIME magazine named her one of its Persons of the Year for 2002.
Rowley is the chief division counsel to the Minneapolis Division of the FBI. She is responsible for oversight of the freedom of information, forfeiture, victim-witness and community outreach programs and provides regular legal training to other agents.
During her career with the FBI, Special Agent Rowley has worked in the Omaha, Neb., Jackson, Miss., and New York offices. While in New York, she worked for seven years on Italian organized crime and on Sicilian heroin drug investigations. She has also served three temporary duty assignments as an assistant legal attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Paris and in the U.S. Consulate in Montreal.
Rowley was born in Iowa and obtained a bachelors degree in French from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, graduating summa cum laude in 1977. She graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1980.
Rowley is married, has four children and is an avid triathlete.
During the ceremony, 252 students will receive juris doctor degrees and 36 students will receive masters degrees in law. Those 36 are foreign lawyers who have been studying the U.S. legal system.