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Dr. Sarah Weddington to serve as Distinguished Speaker April 18
By Melissa C. Rodriguez , Public Affairs Specialist
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Posted: 04/03/2006
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Dr. Sarah Weddington, nationally known attorney and spokesperson on leadership and public issues, will serve as the next prominent speaker at The University of Texas-Pan American’s 2006 Distinguished Speakers Series April 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Student Union Theater.


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Dr. Sarah Weddington, nationally known attorney and spokesperson on leadership and public issues, will serve as the final speaker at the 2006 Distinguished Speakers Series April 18.
Weddington – who is particularly well-known for her work on issues affecting women through her many roles which include attorney, legislator, presidential adviser and professor – will be the third and final distinguished speaker this semester. The previous 2006 series speakers included Washington Post and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, senior medical correspondent for the health and medical unit at CNN.

The free event is open to the public, however seating is limited. UTPA students, faculty and staff will be admitted with a valid University ID at 7 p.m. while the general public will be allowed to enter at 7:20 p.m.

In her first book, “A Question of Choice,” Weddington detailed the landmark Roe v. Wade case, which she successfully argued as a young attorney before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973. She is believed to be the youngest person ever to win a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Weddington has received numerous honors and awards including one of Time Magazine’s "Outstanding Young American Leaders" and was also selected as one of the 10 "Outstanding Women in America." In addition, she has been featured in such publications as Working Women, People Magazine, and the Washington Post, and has appeared as a guest on such programs as The Today Show, Good Morning America, and CBS Morning News. She is currently an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Austin.

The series, underwritten by student fees as recommended by the Student Affairs Advisory Committee, offers the UTPA community and the public the opportunity to hear and engage with speakers of the highest caliber representing a variety of worldviews and backgrounds.

For special accommodations or more information, contact Samuel A. Smith, assistant dean of students and Distinguished Speakers Committee chairman, at smiths@panam.edu or call 956/316-7989.

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