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Civil Rights Lawyer Theodore Shaw to Give Lane Lecture at Creighton University

Civil Rights Lawyer Theodore Shaw to Give Lane Lecture at Creighton University

Theodore Shaw will present Creighton University's School of Law Lane Lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday Sept. 13, 2007, in room 124 of the law school. Shaw is director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the nation’s premier civil rights law firm.

Shaw joined LDF in 1982 and on May 1, 2004, he became the fifth person to lead the organization in its 64-year history.He directed LDF’s education docket and litigated school desegregation, capital punishment, and other civil rights cases throughout the country. In 1987, Shaw established LDF’s Western Regional Office in Los Angeles, and served as its Western Regional Counsel.

In 1990, he left LDF to join the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School, where he taught constitutional law, civil procedure, and civil rights.In 1993, on a leave of absence from Michigan, he rejoined LDF as Associate Director-Counsel. Shaw was lead counsel in a coalition that represented African-American and Latino student-intervenors in the University of Michigan undergraduate affirmative action admissions case.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court heard that case, along with one challenging the use of affirmative action at the University of Michigan Law School. The Court ruled in favor of diversity as a compelling state interest.

The Lane Lecture Series brings to Creighton University each year an outstanding attorney, judge or legal educator to discuss timely and important topics of concern to the legal community. The lecture series is named for Winthrop and Frances Lane, longtime Omahans who provided many charitable gifts to the community.

Winthrop Lane, born in Omaha in 1889, attended Harvard Law School and was admitted to the Nebraska Bar in 1918. He was a partner in the firm of Rose, Wells, Martin & Lane, a predecessor to the present Baird Holm law firm in Omaha. Lane practiced in the areas of corporate and municipal bond law. Frances Lane attended Wellesley and Radcliffe Colleges, and married Winthrop Lane in 1919. The Lane Foundation Lecture Series was made possible by a grant from the Winthrop and Frances Lane Foundation of Omaha, Neb.