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Free tickets available to UB's MLK Jr. Commemoration event featuring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

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Tue, Jan 24th 2017 05:05 pm

The University at Buffalo is offering local schools and not-for-profit organizations free tickets to the 41st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration event, featuring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Alumni Arena, UB North Campus. 

The program is part of UB's Distinguished Speakers Series.

Western New York high schools, religious and not-for-profit community service organizations can receive up to 20 complimentary tickets per group, while supplies last, through the Distinguished Speakers Series' educational outreach program. Ticket requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit www.buffalo.edu/ub-speakers for more information and to request complimentary tickets to this event. The deadline to request tickets is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Under President Barack Obama, Holder served as the 82nd attorney general of the U.S. from 2009-15. He was the first African-American to serve in that position, and third-longest-serving attorney general in the nation's history. Holder oversaw the government's efforts to address critical issues at the intersection of law and public policy, including national security investigations and prosecutions; the defense of voting rights and marriage equality; and reform of the federal criminal justice system. 

Prior to his term as U.S. attorney general, Holder held appointments under a number of U.S. presidents: associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia under President Ronald Regan; deputy attorney general of the U.S. under President Bill Clinton; and acting attorney general in 2001 pending the confirmation of John Ashcroft under President George W. Bush.

Holder earned his JD at Columbia Law School and is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees in recognition of his professional and civic contributions.

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