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February 2012 Bar Bulletin

NPR's Mara Liasson to Keynote 12th Annual Breakfast With Champions

By Marzette Mondin


The King County Bar Foundation's annual fundraising Breakfast With Champions will feature NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson on March 22 at the Westin Seattle hotel beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Liasson's reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning news magazine "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, D.C., focusing on the White House and Congress, and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.

Each election year, Liasson provides key coverage of the candidates and issues in both presidential and congressional races. During her tenure, she has covered four presidential elections, in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR's White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton Administra tion. She has won the White House Corres pon dent Associ a tion's Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995 and 1997. From 1989–92, Liasson was NPR's congressional correspondent.

The Breakfast With Champions recognizes the work of individuals dedicated to justice and diversity. Funds raised at the Breakfast support pro bono legal services delivered to individuals in King County who are the neediest and least served: the homeless, immigrants, frail, abused and disenfranchised. The Breakfast also recognizes that every member of our society, regardless of race or ethnicity, must have a stake in our legal system.

Breakfast contributions also support KCBF's Minority Law Student Scholarship program. KCBF is one of the largest providers of minority scholarships to law students in the state and is dedicated to expanding opportunities in the law for people of color.

Last year, the Break fast raised nearly $300,000 and those funds helped KCBF assist 10,755 low-income people with more than $6.82 million worth of volunteer legal services. KCBF also distributed $125,000 in minority law student scholarships to the University of Washington and Seattle University law schools.

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