Date: August 31, 2004                                                CONTACT: Laura Kiernan
                                                                                                       Public Information Officer
                                                                                                       271-2646 ext 359

 

     NEWS ADVISORY

N.Y. TIMES REPORTER AND PULITZER PRIZE WINNER
TO DELIVER KING LECTURE SEPT. 7 AT NH SUPREME COURT

 

CONCORD---New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse, who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism in 1998 for coverage of the United States Supreme Court, will deliver the John W. King Memorial Lecture on September 7 at the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
            Greenhouse, who began her career as an assistant to columnist James Reston, has covered the nation’s highest court for more than 25 years and is now writing a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun to be published by Times Books/Henry Holt. Before her assignment at the Supreme Court, Greenhouse covered Congress and the New York State legislature for the Times.
            The King lecture is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, which provided funding for the event through its Advancement of Justice Fund. The Bar Foundation, a non-profit, charitable foundation established in 1977, also provided funding to launch the King lecture program in 1999.
            “All of us at the court are very pleased to join with the Bar Foundation once again to help promote public understanding of the role that the law plays in our society,” Chief Justice John T. Broderick Jr. said.
            “Linda Greenhouse is a distinguished journalist who has devoted much of her professional life to thoughtful and analytical reporting of the decisions and process of the nation’s highest court,” Broderick said. “ We are honored that she has agreed to be part of the King lecture series,” he said.
            Greenhouse has titled her lecture “A Court Watcher’s Quarter Century: Blackmun, Rehnquist, and the Evolving Supreme Court.” The first King lecture was delivered in 1999 by U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, a longtime member and former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
            Among many honors, Greenhouse is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary member of the American Law Institute. During the 2004-05 academic years, Greenhouse will be a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, lecturing at colleges and universities around the country. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College at Harvard and holds a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School where she was a Ford Foundation fellow. She appears regularly on “Washington Week” on PBS television.
            The King lecture program was established by the Supreme Court as an occasion to focus on a contemporary legal topic of importance to political leaders and the community as well as to the legal profession. The event is seen as an opportunity for the judiciary to strengthen its relationships with the other branches of government, and to the statewide community by providing a forum for sharing ideas about law and society.
            John W. King served as governor of New Hampshire from 1963 to 1969 and then served for 10 years as a trial court judge before he was appointed to the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He was named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1981, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. He died in 1996.
            Judges, lawyers, legislators and citizens from around the state have been invited to attend the event which begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture. For information about available public seating, contact the court public information office at lkiernan@courts.state.nh.us.

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