Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-02-05

NAACP Legal defense attorney Damon Hewitt will present this year's Thurgood Marshall Symposium sponsored by Samford University's Cumberland School of Law Thursday, Feb. 12.

Hewitt, director of the Katrina-Gulf Coast Project for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., will speak at 11 a.m. in Robinson law building. His topic will be "Racial Justice in the Obama Era." The public is invited free of charge.

He is a specialist in racial and social justice issues, including educational access and adequacy, affirmative action, school discipline, juvenile justice indigent defense, fair housing and voting rights. Since 2006, the New Orleans native has coordinated the Legal Defense Fund's post-Hurricane Katrina litigation and advocacy efforts.

Roderick Evans, a second-year law student from Stevenson, is Thurgood Marshall Symposium chair. The symposium is named for the first African-American to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.