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April 9, 2003

"The Lawyer as Rhetor" To Be Subject of Law Day Program Program

Is Part of Series on "Representing the Lawyer in American Culture"

The Law Library of Congress and the American Bar Association (ABA) Division for Public Education will commemorate Law Day with a panel discussion on "Representing the American Lawyer as Rhetor." The event will be held at the Library on Thursday, May 1, from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. in the Montpelier Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

"The Lawyer as Rhetor" is the fourth in the Leon Jaworski Public Program Series on "Representing the Lawyer in American Culture." This year's program is being held in cooperation with the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and the Friends of the Law Library of Congress.

This program is part of the Library's annual celebration of Law Day and one of the ABA's principal national events for the commemoration of Law Day 2003. The ABA instituted Law Day on May 1 in the late 1950s to draw attention to both the principles and practices of law and justice. President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day in 1958.

Jeffrey Toobin, CNN analyst and staff writer for The New Yorker, will moderate the program. He will be joined by panelists Danielle Allen, associate professor, Department of Classical Languages and Literature, University of Chicago; Steven Lubet, professor of both law and comparative literary studies at Northwestern University School of Law; Kenneth Starr, partner at Kirkland & Ellis and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law, George Mason University; and Seth Waxman, partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering and Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center. Richard E. Wiley, ABA's National Law Day chair will preside. ABA President Alfred P. Carlton and Law Librarian of Congress Rubens Medina are also scheduled to participate in the event.

The mission of the Law Library of Congress is to provide research and legal information to Congress, the federal courts and executive branch agencies, and to offer reference services to the public. It contains the world's largest collection of law books and other resources from all countries and provides digitized information with online databases and guides to legal information worldwide.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution. With more than 126 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats, the Library serves Congress and the nation in its 21 readings rooms in its three Capitol Hill buildings, through interlibrary loan, and through its award-winning Web site at http://www.loc.gov.

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PR 03-062
04/09/03
ISSN 0731-3527

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