Washington, DC— 1 March – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The international law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP (K&LNG) and Howard University School of Law are pleased to present the third lecture in a four-part series honoring James M. Nabrit Jr., former president of Howard University and former dean of its Law School. In addition to his accomplishments during his career at Howard University, Nabrit is also respected as a private citizen, lawyer and activist who protected the civil liberties of millions of Americans and is perhaps is best known for his role in ending segregation.
This year’s lecture will be held on March 2, 2006 and will include a variety of events relating to Nabrit and how his life and work continue to affect our society. The program will conclude with a keynote address by Yale Law School’s Drew S. Days III, Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law, and current Visiting James M. Nabrit Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law at Howard University School of Law.
In March 2004, K&LNG partnered with Howard University School of Law to establish a multi-year series of lectures that seek to further the message of equality promoted by Nabrit himself.
Howard University School of Law Dean Kurt L. Schmoke said: “It is with pride and pleasure that the Howard University School of Law again collaborates with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham to present the James M. Nabrit Jr. Lecture Series. These lectures honor an extraordinary individual, a legal giant, and a hero for all of us today and for future generations. It is a privilege to celebrate the life and accomplishments of James Nabrit Jr., one of our country’s most distinguished lawyers dedicated to the protection of First Amendment rights and the civil liberties promised to every American under our Constitution. Lessons learned from Nabrit’s work are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago.”
K&LNG’s Carl G. Cooper—the legal industry’s first management committee-level Chief Diversity Officer—said: “We are grateful for this opportunity to assemble present and future legal scholars who share our appreciation and respect for the accomplishments of James Nabrit Jr. K&LNG embraces the spirit of all that Mr. Nabrit and Howard University School of Law represent and we recognize the pivotal role that the legal community can play in sustaining and furthering Mr. Nabrit’s contributions to our society. It is our hope that our third lecture will serve as another reminder that we, too, can make a positive impact on our country and our history.”
Peter J. Kalis, Chair of K&LNG’s Management Committee, said: “The Nabrit Lecture honors a great man and a great mission. It does so at a time in which that mission invites and deserves revitalization and renewed commitment. The cause of racial equality is and will continue to be a defining test for the United States. Through events such as the Nabrit Lecture, we are able to underscore the contemporary importance of the mission while celebrating its many brilliant and courageous champions, not least among whom was James Nabrit.”
The lecture will be held on Thursday March 2, 2006 at the Howard University School of Law Moot Court Room, 2900 Van Ness Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C. Admission to the Drew Days lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.
Prior to Professor Days’ lecture, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will speak at an invitation-only event honoring James Nabrit.
One of the oldest law programs in the country, Howard University School of Law started as the Howard University Law Department on January 6, 1869. In 1938, Howard University School of Law developed the nation’s first civil rights law curriculum. Today, the law school educates and enriches its students through programs that include the Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic and the Fair Housing Law Clinical Program as well as in venues such as the Criminal Justice Center and the Institute of Intellectual Property and Social Justice. Visit the law school’s Web site at www.law.howard.edu.
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