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April 13, 2005

Press Contacts: Leigh Ann Nicas, Fulbright & Jaworski (713) 651-5582; Jodi Bart, UT Law, (512) 471-7330.

Alumna Linda Addison, ’76, Presents Paper at Oxford Round Table

HOUSTON, Texas — Linda L. Addison, alumna of UT Law and partner in the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., presented a paper at the spring session of the Oxford Round Table, which focuses this year on women’s rights and gender equity in the U.S. workplace. Addison was one of approximately 35 people selected to participate in the five-day forum, which concluded March 25 at Lincoln College, the University of Oxford, in Oxford, England.

The participants discussed equality in employment in the United States and court decisions emanating from various pieces of legislation over the years designed to achieve that goal. Past sessions of the Round Table have dealt with women’s rights in Europe, the impact of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Fundamental Freedoms of the Council of Europe and measures prohibiting gender discrimination in the European Union.

The Round Table was first convened in 1989 to examine contemporary educational policy in the United States, the United Kingdom and other selected countries. Its scope was then expanded to a wider international level and a broader range of topics. The event is held periodically, and each session is comprised of a small, select group of leaders from the public and private sectors. The purpose of the Oxford Round Table is to promote human advancement and understanding through the improvement of education. Leaders from around the world in academics, government and the business community participate in the event.

Addison said, “It is an honor to be invited to participate in the Round Table and to have the opportunity to exchange views with people from around the world who are dealing with these issues in the workplace and elsewhere.”

Her paper is entitled The People vs. Larry Summers, The Business Case for Diversity and Success Strategies from the Best. It focuses on the business benefits of a diverse workplace. She also discusses issues related to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women and minorities to leadership positions and successes that her firm has achieved in this area.

Addison was named one of “America’s Top 50 Women Litigators” by the National Law Journal in 2001. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who of American Women, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers 2004, and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2004.

Addison is a Member of the Executive Committee of Fulbright & Jaworski, serves as the firm’s Technology Partner and is involved in the firm’s Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Women and Minorities and its Women’s Initiative Network. In addition to her active law practice, she remains highly involved in civic activities. Addison is Chair of the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, which under her leadership, recently for the first time raised $1 million solely from women.

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