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March 2017 Bar Bulletin

2017 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon –
Robinson Keynote Inspires 860 Lawyers and Judges


More than 860 guests celebrated a great leader’s legacy at KCBA’s Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon on January 13 at the Washington State Convention Center.

The guest speaker was Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalist and MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson. In his remarks, Robinson recalled that as a 14-year-old he witnessed the Orangeburg Massacre from the front window of his family’s home in Orangeburg, South Carolina. This firsthand experience and Dr. King’s assassination less than two months later helped to shape his understanding of the Civil Rights Movement in 1968.

Robinson went on to start his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle, which led to his position at the Post in 1980, where his varied assignments allowed him to travel the world, interview public figures and speak his mind as a columnist.

In addition to the generous sponsorship support provided by many local law firms and organizations, the King County Bar Association gratefully acknowledges the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Committee for their tireless work in making this program such a successful community event: Hon. Richard A. Jones, co-chair, Karen W. Murray, co-chair, Erica E. Buckley, Lisa Castilleja, Phillip H. Ginsberg, Justo Gonzalez, Hon. Charles V. Johnson (Ret.), Randolph J. Johnson, Kerry J. Keefe, James E. Lobsenz, Gregory M. Miller, Kevin A. Peck, Burns Petersen, Hon. Catherine D. Shaffer, Leann Wagele, Pallavi Mehta Wahi, and Diana Zottman.

MLK Planning Committee

Hon. Larry Gossett and his wife, Hon. Richard McDermott, Karen Murray

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