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NJSBA Groups Cosponsor Congresswoman Norton Lecture

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The New Jersey State Bar Association’s Diversity Committee and Women in the Profession Section, along with several other organizations, will be cosponsoring a special lecture by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on April 3. Slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center at Rutgers University’s Livingston Campus, the free lecture promises to be an inspiring and engaging event.

Congresswoman Norton is the 2006 holder of the Senator Wynona Lipman Chair in Women’s Political Leadership. The Lipman Chair, launched in 2000, honors the first African American woman in the New Jersey Senate, who was best known as a champion of the rights of women and children, and an advocate for small businesses. In her memory, the New Jersey State Legislature established the chair at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers. The position is awarded to practitioners or scholars involved in issues related to the development of women’s political leadership. Norton is an eight-term member of Congress, representing Washington, D.C. She is a professor of law at Georgetown University, and the first woman to chair the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Norton is also the cofounder of the National Women’s Political Caucus and the International Women’s Forum.

With a lifelong commitment to universal human rights, the congresswoman has focused much of her efforts on seeking full congressional voting representation and full democracy for residents of the District of Columbia. She has served in the Democratic House leadership group, as the Democratic chair of the Women’s Caucus, and as a member of the Committee on the Reorganization of the Congress. Her success in writing bills and getting them enacted has made her one of the most effective legislative leaders in the House, and today she serves on the Committee on Homeland Security, the Government Reform Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

In addition to the NJSBA Diversity Committee and Women in the Profession Section, cosponsors of the event include Douglass College; Livingston College; Institute for Women’s Leadership; Paul Robeson Cultural Center; Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, Inc.; Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey; Women Advocating for Good Government; Women’s Fund of New Jersey; Institute for Research on Women; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers; Celebration of Susan B. Anthony’s Legacy at the Centennial of Her Death; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP; Rutgers Citizenship and Service Education (CASE) Program; Haitian Association of Rutgers University; Center for Women and Work; Center for Women’s Global Leadership and Department of Political Science, Rutgers.

For more information on the lecture, and to obtain directions to the Livingston Student Center, visit the CAWP website at

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