Legislation Subject of Special Session
Gov. Wilder To Be Keynote Speaker At Conference On Public Service
And The Law
January 25, 2002-- Former
Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder will deliver the keynote address
at the University of Virginia School of Laws Conference on
Public Service and the Law, to be held Feb. 15-16, 2002. The conference
is open to the public.
The annual conference takes the pulse
of public interest issues in politics and legislation, bioethics,
First Amendment freedoms, economic development, national security
and international law, electoral reform, environmental improvement,
gender issues and racial profiling.
This year's conference will feature
a special plenary session on national security law with introductory
remarks by former National Security Advisor Samuel R. Berger. Rachel
King, legislative counsel for the ACLU, Larry Parkinson, general
counsel for the FBI, and Fred Hitz, former inspector general to
the CIA, will join John Norton Moore, director of the law schools
Center for National Security Law, for an examination of anti-terrorism
legislation passed in reaction to the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The panel will analyze the potential
effects of these new laws and discuss how lawmakers can maintain
a balance between cherished individual civil liberties and national
Eli Segal, founding CEO of AmeriCorps
and former assistant to President Bill Clinton, will be the conference's
opening night speaker on Friday, Feb. 15. Helgi Walker, associate
counsel to President George W. Bush, will speak at lunch on Saturday.
The grandson of slaves, Wilder was
sworn in as the first elected African-American governor in U.S.
history on Jan. 13, 1990. A graduate of Virginia Union University,
he was decorated with the Bronze Star for Heroism during the Korean
War. He graduated from Howard University School of Law in Washington,
D.C. with a Juris Doctor degree in 1959 and went on to establish
the Richmond law firm Wilder, Gregory and Associates, meanwhile
earning a reputation as a top criminal trial lawyer.
In 1969, Wilder entered politics
and became the first African-American state senator in Virginia
since Reconstruction. He sponsored the creation of the authority
to provide low and moderate income housing, as well as the Virginia
Fair Housing Law. Additionally, he succeeded in having a state holiday
declared for Martin Luther King Jr. Wilder made history again in
1985 by being elected Virginias first African-American lieutenant
governor. He is currently a professor at Virginia Commonwealth Universitys
Center for Public Policy and was recently appointed chair of a commission
formed by Gov. Mark Warner to study ways to make state government
Contacts: Lise Adam, (434) 293-9739
or Abra Edwards, (434) 245-8864