NAACP Bureau Chief to Speak at W&L Law on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Lexington, VA Monday, January 12, 2009

Hilary O. Shelton 
Hilary O. Shelton, director of the Washington bureau of the NAACP, will speak at Washington and Lee School of Law as part of the University's celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shelton's talk is scheduled for Monday, January 19 beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Shelton currently serves as director of the NAACP's Washington Bureau, the Federal legislative and national public policy division of the national civil rights organization. As Director, Shelton is responsible for advocating to the U.S. Government the federal public policy issue agenda of the oldest, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization in the United States.

During his impressive career, Shelton has served several organizations as an advocate for social justice.  At the United Negro College Fund, Shelton worked with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and many colleges and universities to secure the survival and growth of historically black colleges and universities. Shelton also worked for  the United Methodist Church, advocating to the federal government the Church's public policy agenda, which included such issues as voting rights protection and expansion, gun control, and high quality public education for all Americans.

Shelton's advocacy has played a crucial role in the crafting and passage of numerous pieces of federal legislation including the Civil Rights Restoration Act, the Violence Against Women Act, the Hate Crimes Statistics Act, the Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the National Assault Weapons Ban, and many other laws and policy measures affecting quality of life and equality in American society.

Shelton's visit is sponsored by the Office of the Dean. His talk will follow the ODK/Founders Day Convocation, featuring a lecture by W&L alumnus and Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith.

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