The director of the Administrative Offices of the United States Courts will speak at the third annual G. Homer Durham Lecture at Brigham Young University Friday..
L. Ralph Mecham will discuss "The Federal Courts and the Bill of Rights" at 8 p.m. in 321 Maeser Building. His lecture is part of BYU's observance of the celebration of the Bicentennial of the Bill of Rights.Mecham began his Washington career serving as an administrative assistant and counsel to a United States senator from Utah. He graduated with highest honors from the University of Utah, earned a J.D. degree at George Washington University and received an M.P.A. from Harvard.
After 13 years in Washington, Mecham returned to Utah for four years to serve as a vice president of the University of Utah and dean of continuing education. While at the University of Utah, he founded the university's Research Park.
He was special assistant to the secretary of commerce for regional economic coordination. Mecham was appointed director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts on July 15, 1985, by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mecham serves on the board of directors of the Federal Judicial Center. He is an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, as well as a member of the Executive Committee's Legislative Liaison Group.
The G. Homer Durham Lectureship, named after the late commissioner for the Utah System of Higher Education and general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was established by the political science department through a grant from one of Durham's former students, Mecham, to honor people whose lives exemplify the commitment to public service taught and practiced by Durham.