FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2002
For further information, contact: Clyde Murphy, Chicago Lawyers' Committee
NAACP CHAIRMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER, JULIAN BOND, TO SPEAK TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2002 TO LEADING CHICAGO LAWYERS AND MAJOR LAW FIRM MEMBERS
Sachnoff & Weaver, Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw, and NBC Reporter, Renee Ferguson, Honored for Their Efforts to Advance Civil Rights, Including Pro Bono Collaborations with the Chicago Lawyers= Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Julian Bond, noted civil rights leader and Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., on Tuesday, July 30, 2002 beginning at 11:30a.m., at the Chicago Hilton & Towers, 720 S.Michigan Ave.
Mr. Bond, whose recent address to the annual NAACP convention in Houston, "Freedom Under Fire," noted the civil rights crisis today's America faces, will address current civil rights issues in the law, the continuing importance of legal action to advancing the civil rights agenda of African-Americans and other people of color, and the critical and important role of pro bono lawyers and the Chicago Lawyers' Committee to this equal justice effort in Chicago.
"Julian Bond personifies the importance of a continuing commitment to the struggle for equal justice in America. For over 30 years, the Chicago Lawyers' Committee, through its member law firms and staff, has followed Mr. Bond's exampleCproviding free legal services to challenge race discrimination and other violations of civil rights," said Clyde Murphy, Committee Executive Director, announcing Mr. Bond's visit to Chicago.
Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd. will receive the Committee's 2002 Pro Bono Award, in
recognition of the firm's long-term and outstanding contributions to pro bono cases on behalf of low-income people whose civil rights have been abridged.
Commenting on their work, noted corporate attorney and founding member of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee, Lowell Sachnoff, said: "I go back to 1972 as one of the founders of the Committee, and later served as its Co-Chairman. The Committee's work in protecting the rights of minorities and the disadvantaged has been crucial to the well- being of our community. I am very honored that our firm has been selected for this award."