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Eleanor Holmes Norton Legacy Fund to Award First Scholarship to UDC Law Student

Friday, June 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
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UDC Law Dean Shelley Broderick and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Dean Broderick and Congresswoman Holmes Norton

On June 24, the D.C. Federation of Democratic Women honored Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) with the establishment of the Eleanor Holmes Norton Legacy Fund at their first annual fundraising luncheon, “Honoring Our 'Warrior on the Hill.” The Eleanor Holmes Norton Legacy Fund will support an annual student scholarship to a woman, and D.C. resident, who best demonstrates the passion, determination, and commitment to public service embodied by Congresswoman Norton. During the event, it was announced that the first scholarship will be awarded to a UDC Law student. The Legacy Fund expects to release the scholarship in late August.

Held in the spacious National Press Club ballroom, the luncheon brought together elected officials and hundreds of the Congresswoman’s friends and supporters, including UDC Law’s own Dean Shelley Broderick, to celebrate the Congresswoman’s decades of outstanding service to the District of Columbia and its residents. Since she assumed office in 1991, Congresswoman Holmes Norton has advanced legislation critical to District home rule and remains a steadfast advocate for granting the District of Columbia voting representation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Norton was also the chief proponent of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Program (DCTAG) program, which provides grants to college-bound District of Columbia students of up to $10,000 toward the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition at public colleges and universities across the United States.

A leading civil rights attorney in her own right, after graduating from Yale Law School in 1964, Congresswoman Holmes Norton clerked for civil rights giant and U.S. District Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., who later became Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She went on to serve as Assistant Legal Director of the ACLU and head of the New York City Human Rights Commission, before serving as Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under the administrations of Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Under her leadership, in 1980 the EEOC promulgated landmark regulations defining sexual harassment as a form of sexual discrimination in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

 


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