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Theodore M. Shaw to Deliver Keynote Talk on Civil Rights Jan. 21

Theodore M. Shaw, director-counsel and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at Northwestern's 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Monday, Jan. 21, on the Chicago campus.

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January 8, 2008 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Theodore M. Shaw, director-counsel and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the nation's premier civil rights law firm, will be the keynote speaker at Northwestern University's 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Monday, Jan. 21, on the University's Chicago campus.

Northwestern has suspended classes on both campuses that day for a University-wide, full-day observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The celebration will include a series of events and talks, which are free and open to the public.

Shaw will present his keynote talk during a noon celebration in Thorne Auditorium at the School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave. The program will include a musical commemoration by the guest gospel music group G3 and remarks from the deans of both the University's Feinberg School of Medicine and the School of Law.

Shaw's talk will be preceded by a 10 a.m. mock oral argument, also taking place at Thorne Auditorium, featuring teams of students and professors re-arguing the recent Supreme Court desegregation case, Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1. A few 7th Circuit Court District Judges will serve on a panel as Supreme Court Justices.

Following Shaw's appearance, a 1:30 p.m. medical panel on "Racialized Medicine" will take place in the Hughes Auditorium of the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, 303 E. Superior St. The purpose of the panel is to explore whether race can be quantified for valuable use in science and medicine. The afternoon medical panel is co-sponsored by the School of Law and the School of Medicine.

The panel discussion will be followed by a 4 p.m. public reception in the atrium outside the auditorium.

Keynote speaker Shaw joined the Legal Defense Fund in 1982. He directed LDF's education docket and litigated school desegregation, capital punishment and other civil rights cases throughout the country. In 1990, Shaw left the LDF to join the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School, where he taught constitutional law, civil procedure and civil rights. In 1993, on a leave of absence from Michigan, he rejoined LDF as associate director-counsel. (For more biographical information on Shaw, visit <http://www.naacpldf.org/content.aspx?article=47>.)

The featured keynote speakers on the University's Evanston campus will be Alexis M. Herman, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, and Northwestern alumna Eva Jefferson Paterson, the president and founder of the Equal Justice Society. Herman will speak during the 11 a.m. celebration at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive. Paterson's talk will take place during the 7 p.m. Candlelight Vigil observance in Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Road.

For more information on the Jan. 21 Chicago campus events, phone (312) 503-4557.

Information about 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on both Northwestern campuses also is available online at <www.northwestern.edu/mlk/>.