Attorney Speakers' Bureau Available

Throughout the year 2004, the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, the United States Supreme Court decision that ended segregation in this country's public schools. On May 17, 1954, this landmark ruling struck down the legal doctrine of "separate but equal," paving the way for desegregation in the nation's schools and the pursuit of equal rights for all citizens.

To mark this legal milestone, MSBA is offering volunteer attorney speakers who will go out into the community and discuss the Brown decision, the issues it addresses in a contemporary context and the strides the nation has made in the last 50 years. This a special addition to MSBA's regular Speakers' Bureau, where attorneys visit community groups, senior centers, schools, churches and other groups to talk about the law in general.

MSBA, which represents over 21,000 lawyers across the state, will mark the anniversary with celebratory events, exhibits, school activities and other special programs.

To schedule an attorney speaker, contact Ruth Ballard at (410) 685-7878 or (800) 492-1964, or email her at For additional information, refer to MSBA's website.

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This story was published on January 7, 2004.