The Whitney North Seymour Award honors a Board member who exemplifies the legacy of service and integrity that characterized the life of Whitney North Seymour. As a founding member of the Board of Directors, Whitney North Seymour served as a guiding spirit of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law until his death in 1983. Mr. Seymour fulfilled President Kennedy's vision to involve the legal community in efforts to resolve America's civil rights conflicts.
As President of the American Bar Association, Mr. Seymour articulated a mission for the legal profession that remains to this day. "The Bar's purpose," he stated, "is to see to it that there is adequate representation for all: the rich, the poor, the unpopular and the despised."
The Lawyers' Committee is a 38-year-old nonpartisan, nonprofit civil rights legal organization. It was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination.
The 2001 Annual Awards Reception will be held on Monday, December 10th, at Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood, 1501 K Street, N.W., 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m.
The 2001 Annual Awards Reception will honor: