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Ret. Chief Justice Frank J. Williams Scheduled to Speak for Constitution Day

August 24, 2009

In recognition of Constitution Day, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will host a presentation by Frank J. Williams on “Lincoln and Civil Liberties.” The presentation will take place on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the CE Theater at NOVA’s Annandale Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Williams was appointed Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court by Gov. Lincoln Almond and unanimously confirmed by the Rhode Island General Assembly in January 2001, after serving for five years as Associate Justice of the Superior Court. He served as Chief until retiring on Dec. 30, 2008, when he took “senior” status as a jurist without the administrative duties.

Williams is also one of the nation’s leading scholars on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. In August 2000, he was appointed by Congress to the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. In addition, he is a major collector of Lincolniana, a peripatetic lecturer before Lincoln and Civil War groups, and a scholar whose books include, with Edna Greene Medford and Harold Holzer, “The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views.” His latest book, “Lincoln Lessons: Reflections on America’s Greatest Leader,” with William D. Pederson, was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2009.

He has also been named by Lawdragon as one of the top 500 judges, out of 30,000, in the United States.

Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.

CE Theater, NOVA’s Annandale Campus,
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

The event is free and open to public.

For more information, please contact Terry Alford at 703-323-3274 or

For media interested in attending the event, please contact Jessica Baxter at 703-323-3288 or

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