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Justice Breyer to speak at UR law school ceremony

(AP) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be the guest speaker this afternoon when the University of Richmond law school dedicates its moot courtroom in memory of the late U.S. District Judge Robert Merhige Jr.

Breyer is expected to talk about the legacy of Merhige, who is best known for ordering the desegregation of Virginia public schools. Merhige also ordered the University of Virginia to admit women and presided over the bankruptcy case of A.H. Robins Co., which was plagued by lawsuits over its Dalkon Shield birth-control device.

Merhige received his law degree from Richmond and served as a federal judge for 31 years. He died in 2005.

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