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Release: March 21, 2003

Congressman Cummings To Speak At UI Dinner

U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will be the featured speaker at the UI College of Law's National Black Law Students Association Night of Distinction Gala.

The gala starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29 in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for law school students, or $25 per couple. The cost includes Cummings' address, dinner and a dance. Tickets will be sold March 24-28 in the lobby of the Boyd Law Building or by contacting Leah Perry at (319) 594-3572 or by email at

Cummings, a five-term Democrat from Maryland, will discuss "The Changing Face of Affirmative Action: The Michigan Case," which will examine the affirmative action case against the University of Michigan now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Aside from his role as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Cummings serves on the House Government Reform Committee, is the ranking member of the Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Subcommittee and is a member of the Wellness and Human Rights Subcommittee. Cummings also serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Subcommittee on Highways & Transit, and the Subcommittee on Railroads. In addition to his standing committee assignments, Congressman Cummings is the co-chair of the House AIDS Working Group and is a member of the House Task Force on Health Care Reform.

Prior to his election to Congress, Cummings served in the Maryland House of Delegates for 16 years and practiced law.

Cummings appearance is sponsored by the UI College of Law Alexander G. Clark Jr. and Sr. Chapter of the NBLSA, College of Law Dean William Hines, Opportunity at Iowa, Office of the Provost, Cedar Rapids and Statewide Branches of the NAACP, Black Student Union, Affirmative Action Office, General Admission's Office, African-American World Studies Department, and the American Indian Law Students Association.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,