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Rawn James to Give Thurgood Marshall Lecture Mar. 25

Join us on March 25 for the University of Maryland School of Lawís annual Thurgood Marshall Lecture as Rawn James, Jr., author of Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall and the Struggle to End Segregation, discusses the relationship between Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall leading to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case. The lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Law School's atrium.

While the Supreme Courtís landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education has been widely acknowledged as a critical point in the battle to end segregation, it was actually the culmination of a legal campaign that lasted for decades. After meeting at Howard University, and subsequently opening the NAACPís first legal office, among the several milestone cases that Marshall and Hamilton collaborated on closely was Murray v. Maryland.

The case was filed in the mid 1930s when University of Maryland School of Law applicant Donald Gaines Murray was denied admittance because of his race, a reason not supported by the law and in violation of the fourteenth amendment to the United Stated States Constitution. "I worked the case out on the ground and I drew the pleadings since there was some intricate old Maryland common law involved Ö The court presentation was [Houstonís] doing," James quoted of Thurgood Marshallís experience.

In addition to providing an in-depth portrayal of events leading to the Law Schoolís desegregation, James will provide a comprehensive account of how the two highly dedicated lawyers changed American history, as described in his book, which was released in January 2010. James, who has been writing and practicing law in Washington, D.C., for 10 years, received his law degree from Duke Law School and is a graduate of Yale College.

About the Thurgood Marshall Lecture: Every year the Student Bar Association hosts the lecture in honor of Thurgood Marshall and his legacy. Previous speakers have included C. Fraser Smith, News Director at WYPR 88.1 FM, Ralph Moore, Jr., Director of the St. Frances Academy Community Center, Kenneth Montague, Jr., í77, Partner at Montague & Taler, and Professor Sherrilyn Iffil.


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