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September 15, 2006

Press Contact:Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or,
Event Contact: Michael Lactson, TMLS Public Relations Chair,

Former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes to Speak on the Importance of Diversity in Public Leadership

What: Law School 101, a talk on the importance of diversity in leadership presented by former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes
Where: Francis Auditorium, UT Law, Room 2.114
Who: This event is free and open to the public
When: Monday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.

AUSTIN, Texas—Ben Barnes, a business leader and a former Texas legislator, will speak on the importance of diversity in public leadership on Monday, Sept. 18, as part of The University of Texas School of Law's Progressive Week.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Chicano/Hispanic Latino Students' Association (CHLSA), and the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society (TMLS), a local chapter of the National Black Law Students' Association (NBLSA).

Progressive Week is an annual event at UT Law that seeks to bring together progressively-minded student organizations to host events which educate and inform. The week's events also highlight the work of these groups at the law school.

Gov. Barnes, former lieutenant governor of Texas, will present Law School 101, a talk aimed at educating students on their duty as future leaders of America and their roles in promoting diverse leadership and diversity in the workplace.

Barnes attended the UT School of Law during the early 1960s before leaving to serve the Texas House of Representatives at the tender age of 21. He went on to serve as the youngest house speaker and the youngest lieutenant governor in Texas history. During his legislative tenure, Barnes worked with legendary public servants such as President John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Texas Gov. John Connally, and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan.

Since leaving elective office in 1973, Barnes has become a successful business executive and civic leader. He is the founder and principal of the Ben Barnes Group based in Austin with offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

His honors include the UT Distinguished Alumnus Award (1995), the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993), recognition as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Men in America" by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce (1965), and two honorary law degrees. He also serves as the chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area.

Barnes has recently published Barn Burning Barn Building: Tales of a Political Life, From LBJ to George W. Bush and Beyond, a book that details his political career. He will be giving away free copies of his book to attendees of the program on a first-come, first-served basis. A book signing will follow the program.

Progressive Week Schedule:

MONDAY, 9/18/06
The Importance of Diversity in Leadership
Featuring Ben Barnes
7 p.m. in the Auditorium

WEDNESDAY, 9/19/06
Texas Law Democrats
Campaign 2006: Meet Rep. Mark Strama, Rep. Donna Howard, and others
3:45 p.m. in the Sheffield Room

THURSDAY, 9/20/06
Human Rights Law Society
Guantanamo: Law in the War of Terror
2:30 p.m. in the Sheffield Room

Public Interest Law Association
Frances Leos Martinez, Texas C-Bar
4 p.m. in the Sheffield Room

Left of Center Happy Hour
5:30 p.m. at the Crown & Anchor

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