Throughout the day, Hecht is scheduled to visit with law students and professors during several class observations. At 4 p.m., students, professors and the public are invited to attend Hecht’s address in the Law School courtroom.

Hecht, of Sioux City, Iowa, was appointed to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2006. Raised near Lytton, Iowa, he received his bachelor’s degree from Morningside College in 1974 and his J.D. degree from The University of South Dakota in 1977. Hecht received his L.L.M. degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 2004. Prior to his appointment to the Iowa Court of Appeals in 1999, Hecht practiced law in Sioux City for over two decades.

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The Marion R. Smyser Jurist-In-Residence Program was established by a gift from George L. Hirschbach, a 1972 USD graduate, in honor of his teacher. Hirschbach is presently the Cedar County Attorney in Hartington, Neb.

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