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UIS Pre-Law Center to present discussion with Chicago alderwoman

March 16, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Chicago alderwoman Leslie Hairston will be the featured speaker at a John Peter Altgeld Forum, presented by the Pre-Law Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, in conference room G, lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The program is free and open to the public.

Hairston has played a leading role in the recent controversy concerning allegations of racist and derogatory language broadcast over the Chicago Fire Department’s radio system. In this forum, she will discuss her career as a public servant and a lawyer and, as an African-American woman, the road she took to get there.

The Altgeld Forum is named in honor of the late lawyer, judge, and governor of Illinois (1892-96), best remembered for his decision to pardon the surviving defendants in the Haymarket trial of 1886 (on the grounds that they were unfairly convicted) as well as his refusal (subsequently overridden by President Grover Cleveland) to send federal troops to Chicago to break the Pullman strike of 1894. Today, Altgeld is viewed as one of the state’s most upright and heroic politicians.

The Pre-Law Center at UIS provides a central resource for students interested in learning about law school options and careers in the legal profession. Services include advice in structuring undergraduate programs to meet future career needs, preparing for LSAT exams, and developing application essays. For more information, go to www.uis.edu/legalstudies/prelawcenter/.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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