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04/30/2004

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NPR'S Juan Williams to Address Bar at June Quarterly Meeting

Juan Williams, senior correspondent for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," will deliver the 6th Annual Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's June 24 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon. Williams also works on documentaries and participates in NPR's efforts to explore television opportunities.

 From 2000 to 2001, Williams hosted NPR's national call-in show "Talk of the Nation." In that role, he brought the program to cities and towns across America for monthly radio "town hall" meetings before live audiences. The town hall meetings were a part of "The Changing Face of America," a yearlong NPR series focused on how Americans were dealing with rapid changes in society and culture as the United States entered the 21st century. The series, supported by a grant from Pew Charitable Trusts, involved monthly pieces airing on "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered," as well as "Talk of the Nation."
 
Williams is the author of the critically acclaimed biography, Thurgood Marshall - American Revolutionary, which was released to paperback in February 2000. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestseller Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965.
 
During his 21-year career at The Washington Post, Williams served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist and White House reporter. He has won an Emmy award for television documentary writing and won widespread critical acclaim for a series of documentaries including "Politics - The New Black Power." Articles by Williams have appeared in Newsweek, Ebony, Gentlemen's Quarterly and The New Republic.
 
Williams continues to be a contributing political analyst for the Fox News Channel and a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday. He has also appeared on numerous television programs, including "Nightline," "Washington Week in Review," "Oprah," CNN's "Crossfire" (where he frequently served as co-host) and "Capitol Gang Sunday."
 
A graduate of Haverford College, Williams received a B.A. in philosophy in 1976. He sits on the Haverford College Board of Trustees, the Aspen Institute of Communications and Society Program, Washington Journalism Center, and the New York Civil Rights Coalition.
 
The lecture was inaugurated by the Public Interest Section to honor the memory of the late Third Circuit of Appeals Chief Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.
Previous Higginbotham lecturers are Marian Wright Edleman, Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Congressman Chaka Fattah, ABA President Dennis W. Archer and scholar Dr. Cornel W. West.
 
The winner of the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legal Writing Competition will also be announced at the event, and new members of the Association's Year Clubs will be honored.

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