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02/02/2006

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NPR'S Mara Liasson to Address Bar's Quarterly Meeting March 23

PHILADELPHIA—Political intrigue, backroom politics, presidential elections, terrorism, scandals and impeachment proceedings – Mara Liasson has covered it all in her more than 20 years as a correspondent in our nation’s capital. Liasson, national political correspondent for National Public Radio, will share stories of political encounters with the nation's most influential figures when she delivers the keynote address at the Philadelphia Bar Association's Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Thursday, March 23. The luncheon will take place at noon in the Grand Ballroom of the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue, Broad and Walnut Streets.

Liasson's reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." She provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C—focusing on the White House and Congress—and also reports on political trends. NPR’s White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration, she won the White House Correspondent Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995 and 1997. From 1989 to1992 Liasson served as NPR’s congressional correspondent. Prior to joining NPR in 1985 as a general assignment reporter and newscaster, Liasson was a freelance radio and television reporter in San Francisco. She was also managing editor and anchor of "California Edition," a California Public Radio nightly news program, and a print journalist for The Vineyard Gazette in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Liasson is a graduate of Brown University where she earned a bachelor's degree in American history. She took a leave of absence from NPR to attend Columbia University in New York as a recipient of a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism from 1988 to 1989.

Also at the luncheon, the Association will honor Immediate-Past Chancellor Andrew A. Chirls in an annual tradition with the presentation of a gold box. The box is a replica of the one given to Andrew Hamilton for his successful defense of printer John Peter Zenger. The box, which is given only to former chancellors, is inscribed, "Acquired not by money, but by character."

Tickets for the Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon are $50 for members of the Philadelphia Bar Association and $55 for non-members. Register Online HERE. To print out a registration form, click HERE.

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