Justice David H. Souter to Keynote _ Annual Meeting

CHICAGO, July 24, 2009 – David H. Souter, Retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will be the keynote speaker at the Opening Assembly of the _ Annual Meeting in Chicago. The assembly will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, August 1 at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.  Souter will address the issue of civics education.

ABA President H. Thomas Wells Jr. of Birmingham, Alabama, will preside. Wells and Souter will be joined on the stage by Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn and other dignitaries.

With more than 1,500 top quality legal programs and events, and presentations by the foremost law experts and speakers, including Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., the ABA Annual Meeting is the nation’s premier gathering of legal professionals.  The meeting includes sessions of the policy-making ABA House of Delegates on August 3 and 4.

ABA media credentials will be required for admission to the Opening Assembly and all events at the meeting.  Credentials can be obtained in the ABA’s press room for working journalists in the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Riverside Center, Purple Level, East Tower.  The press room will be open for on-site media registration at 8 a.m. on July 30.  Thereafter the press room will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will close one hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates on August 4. The phone number for the press room will be 312/239-4977.

Guidelines for media coverage of the Opening Assembly, and other events, will be posted on the ABA Web site at abanow.org.  Online registration is still available for news reporters. Credential guidelines can be found at www.abanews.org/credentials.html.

With more than 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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