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March 14, 2007

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, (512) 471.7330 or

Thurgood Marshall Legal Society’s 26th Annual Banquet on March 30

AUSTIN, Texas—The Thurgood Marshall Legal Society will host its spring banquet on Friday, March 30. The banquet, entitled “Answering the Call for Excellence,” will take place at Austin’s Hilton Hotel, 500 East Fourth Street. A reception at 6:00 p.m. kicks off the evening, followed at 7:00 p.m. by the program and dinner.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Kathleen Cleaver, the former secretary of the Black Panther Party, and the former wife of civil rights activist and Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver. After years living in exile, Cleaver returned to the United States in 1975, later graduating with honors from Yale College. She also earned her law degree from Yale Law School. Cleaver continues her activism as a well-known African American lawyer, writer, and educator. She has worked as an associate at the New York law firm of Cravath, Swain, and Moore, clerked for the late Judge Leon Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and taught law at Emory University. Cleaver’s writings have appeared in numerous national publications.

Tickets for the banquet can be purchased by contacting TMLS Banquet Chair Elizabeth Lockett at

2007 marks the twenty-sixth year of the TMLS banquet. TMLS is the local chapter of the National Black Law Students Association. Sponsoring a variety of programs and events throughout the year, the organization promotes the professional success of its members, cultural awareness within the Law School community, and increased diversity of the student body and the faculty.

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