July 03, 2008
View Photos from the June 30 Quarterly Meeting and LuncheonMarc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League and former mayor of New Orleans, delivered the Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Public Interest Lecture at the Association's Monday, June 30 Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon.
A lifelong champion of individual rights, Judge Higginbotham had a legal career that spanned nearly half a century. Since Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, delivered the first Higginbotham lecture in 1999, notables such as Juan Williams, Charles J. Ogletree, Chaka Fattah, Cornel West, Kweisi Mfume and Gwen Ifill have filled the role.
Morial served two distinguished 4-year terms as mayor of New Orleans from 1994-2002. During that time, he also served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2001 and 2002.
Former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Seymour Kurland spoke on behalf of new members of the Association's 50-, 60-, 65- and 70-Year Clubs, who were honored at the event. The Year Clubs recognize attorneys who have been practicing law for 50 years or more.