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Archive - Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr. Annual Lecture - January 20, 2011

Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez to deliver the annual Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr. Lecture.

Howard University School of Law will host Mr. Perez, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, on Thursday, January 20. Mr. Perez, will present Civil Rights in 2011 and Beyond.

The lecture will be held in Classroom 4 of Houston Hall at 2:45 pm. The lecture will also be published in an upcoming issue of the Howard Law Journal.

Perez was nominated by President Barack Obama and was sworn in on October 8, 2009. He has devoted his entire career to public service, working in both state and federal agencies. Perez spent 12 years as an attorney in the Justice Department and prosecuted several high-profile civil rights cases, including a hate crimes case in Texas which involved a group of white supremacists.

He was also the first Latino elected to the Montgomery County (Maryland) Council, and served from 2002 to 2006. He was also Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. Perez earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1987.

Perez joins a long line of distinguished lecturers to deliver the annual Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr. address. Past lecturers include Ambassador Susan E. Rice, Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations; David Drummond, senior vice president and chief legal officer for GOOGLE; Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBA Players Association; Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project; Lani Guinier, professor of law and scholarly author; and Sanford Cloud, president of the National Conference for Community and Justice.

To read Mr. Perezís complete bio and for additional information about the Clarence Clyde Ferguson Jr. Lecture, please visit

The lecture is free and open to members of the public. A desert reception will follow the presentation.

Thursday, January 20, 2011
2:45pm | Houston Hall Classroom 4

Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

updated: January 4, 2011