Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series
Friday, February 22, 2008 at 4:00 p.m., Worthington
Saint Martin’s distinguished alumnus Thomas W. Hillier II,
federal public defender for the Western District of
Washington state, will speak on federal public defense and
its relationship to the changing landscape of federal
sentencing law. The event is free and open to the public.
Hillier, a graduate of Saint Martin’s (1969) and the Gonzaga
University School of Law (1973), has served as the
district’s federal public defender for more than 25 years.
In 1982, he was appointed to the position and has been
reappointed every four years since. He argued before the
United States Supreme Court in United States v. Bagley, 473
U.S. 667 (1985), and has appeared before the 9th Circuit on
many occasions. Hillier currently represents Ahmed Ressam,
the “Millennium Bomber,” and will be appearing before the
United States Supreme Court on Ressam’s behalf next month.
Active in federal defender affairs nationally, Hillier sits
on the Legislative Subcommittee for Federal Defenders, the
Federal Defender Training Committee, the Sentencing
Guideline Committee and the Advisory Committee on the
Federal Rules of Evidence. He is also a lecturer at the
University of Washington School of Law and a Fellow in the
American College of Trial Lawyers.
Hillier returned to Saint Martin’s in 1994 to deliver the
commencement address and again in 2006 to receive a
distinguished alumni award. For outstanding service in his
profession, he has received the Washington Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers’ William O. Douglas Award, the
Washington Bar Association’s Angelo Petruss Award, the
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington’s William O.
Douglas Award, the Seattle-King County Bar Association’s
Outstanding Lawyer Award and Gonzaga University’s Gonzaga