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Celebrating the Jurisprudence of George Bundy Smith: Why Dissents Matter

Media Advisory
April 14, 2008



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The New York City Bar Association presents

The Inaugural Judge George Bundy Smith Lecture

Celebrating the Jurisprudence of George Bundy Smith:
Why Dissents Matter

When:       Monday, April 21, 2008; 7:00 pm; Reception to follow.
Where:      New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Ave.)

The New York City Bar Association proudly introduces the Judge George Bundy Smith Lecture focused on legal issues relating to race and ethnicity. Co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, this new lecture series is named in honor of the former Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals and long-standing advocate of civil rights and racial justice.

As a Yale law student, Judge Smith joined the Freedom Fighters in Selma, Alabama and was subsequently convicted of breach of peace, a conviction later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Prior to serving on New York’s highest court for 14 years, he worked as an attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the administrator of New York City’s Model Cities Program. He currently serves on the City Bar’s Task Force on Employment Opportunities for the Previously Incarcerated. In addition to holding two Yale degrees, Judge Smith has a Ph.D. from New York University, an LL.M from the University of Virginia School of Law, and two honorary degrees.

Featured Speaker:
Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard University

A reception will follow the lecture. Members of the Association, their guests, the media, and all other persons are invited to attend.

About the Association
The New York City Bar Association ( was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.