The first time Rossie E. Turman III felt the pangs of injustice rumbling in his gut, he was in kindergarten. Another boy was smacking his classmates on the head during a too-rough game of Duck, Duck, Goose, and Turman didn't like it.
"I knocked him to the ground with a little bit of force and a little bit of attitude," Turman said. "I have an overly developed sense of justice."
That characteristic makes Turman, a New York City attorney and former student body president of Arizona State University, an ideal choice for guest speaker at the annual John P. Morris Memorial Lecture. It's scheduled for noon on Tuesday, March 18, at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, in Armstrong Hall, Room 105, and is free and open to the public.
The lecture honors John Peyton Morris, a faculty member at the College of Law from 1968 to 1993, who was committed to the principles of justice and equal opportunity and worked tirelessly throughout his life to foster diversity. The provocative title of Turman's talk, "What if You Had Not Been Born?", will give audience members a chance to think about their social responsibilities to mankind, he said.