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National Civil Rights Advocates to Speak in Boston

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP hosts important national dialogue on racial justice and structural racism

Contact: Michelle Nicolet, 312.368.2675

The highly publicized shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has once again brought racial justice to the forefront of American public debate. On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law will moderate a National Law & Policy Dialogue on racial justice and structural racism, particularly as it relates to the recent events in Ferguson,  but also touching on the state of other civil rights issues such as economic opportunity for African Americans, Latinos, and other people of color. The Dialogue is free and open to the public and will take place at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP in Boston, Massachusetts.This important event will also examine the successes and challenges of the War on Poverty, in its 50th anniversary, through the lens of racial justice and structural racism in the United States—and what lies ahead.

“We cannot hope to advance justice and opportunity for low-income people without recognizing the role that race plays in perpetuating poverty,” said John Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Theodore M. "Ted" Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law, who previously served as director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) and as a professor at Columbia University Law School, will present. He will be joined on the panel by Rahsaan D. Hall, Deputy Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. Carol Ashley, Vice President of Advocacy at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and veteran education equity attorney, will moderate the event.

This National Law & Policy Dialogueis open to the public and is intended to help move the new civil rights and anti-poverty agenda into a call to action—to advance towards a country in which all Americans are defined by their potential, not their circumstances.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, 155 Seaport Blvd., 5th Floor, Boston, MA

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