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January 14: Discuss race, law, and civil rights with legal scholar and activist Christopher Edley

One of the country's most important thinkers about race, law and culture speaks to the IU School of Law Indianapolis 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner

When: Sunday, January 14 6:00 PM
Where: the Downtown Marriott Ballroom

Christopher Edley, Jr., Dean and Professor of Law at Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, will deliver a talk about "Building Success Through Unity” for the IU Indianapolis Law School's 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner.

Prof. Edley combines academic expertise in public policy and civil rights law with an impressive record of hands-on public policy work in the White House, on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail. A veteran of two tours of White House service and twice that many presidential campaigns, Edley has played a central role in the high-stakes world of national politics for nearly 30 years. A former professor at Harvard Law School, where he taught for two decades and co-founded its Civil Rights Project, Edley became Dean of Law at Boalt in 2004. As special counsel to President Clinton, he led the White House review of affirmative action programs and helped develop Clinton’s "Mend it, don’t end it" position on affirmative action; at the Office of Management and Budget he oversaw one-quarter of the federal budget. In the Carter administration he served as assistant director of the White House domestic policy staff, where his responsibilities included welfare reform, social security and a variety of anti-poverty measures. Edley has served on numerous boards and commissions including the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Carter-Ford National Commission on Federal Election Reform, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

The dinner is co-sponsored by Indiana Black Expo, the IUPUI Black Student Union, the IUPUI Office of Campus and Community Life and the IU School of Law-Indianapolis. Tickets are $40.00 and are available until January 7, through the IUPUI Office of Campus and Community Life, 317-274-3931.

If this event sounds interesting, you should check out Edley's colleague at Boalt Hall, John Yoo, on March 2. What a contrast! A couple of other discussions of civil rights and African Americans should touch on the same themes Edley will address: journalist Tavis Smiley on February 2, and public intellectuals Henry Louis Gates and John Hope Franklin April 5. Some of the same themes will be addressed by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on March 8.

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