2018 Law & Society Luncheon
featuring keynote speaker Tony Essaye,
Portrayed in the Post For his Role Defending The Washington Post Before The Supreme Court in The PentaGon Papers Lawsuit
A joint venture of the Mecklenburg County Bar & Mecklenburg Bar Foundation, the Law & Society Luncheon is held annually to bring a speaker of interest to the public and the legal community, including the presentation of the Ayscue Professionalism Award that recognizes a current or former MCB member for exemplary professionalism through outstanding service to the MCB and the community. Proceeds from the event benefit the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation to support grants awarded to projects and organizations in our community with a legal nexus and to support various Bar and Foundation initiatives.
Tony Essaye will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Law & Society Luncheon on Nov. 14 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. Mr. Essaye was one of three lawyers who helped defend The Washington Post before the Supreme Court in 1971 when the newspaper wanted to publish the Pentagon Papers, government documents that contained damaging information about America’s role in Vietnam and contributed to the eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops. If you saw Steven Spielberg’s The Post, you may be familiar with Mr. Essaye, who was briefly portrayed in the film. The Georgetown alumnus, who was 35 at the time of the case, currently teaches boxing at Georgetown at the age of 83. In addition, Mr. Essaye co-founded the International Senior Lawyers Project in 2000, which recruits retired and current attorneys in the U.S. and other developed countries to work pro bono on developing world programs that promote economic progress and human rights.
In Mr. Essaye’s keynote address, “The Impact of the Pentagon Papers, Then and Now,” he will review his participation in the Pentagon Papers case, consider the impact of the case at the time, and discuss press freedom today, both domestically and internationally. There will be time for questions from the audience.
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