Two Olean natives and longtime attorneys will present the semester’s last RaceMatters lecture at St. Bonaventure University.
Attorneys John V. Elmore and Mark S. Williams will present “RaceMatters Locally, Too,” at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building on campus. The public is invited.
The university’s #RaceMatters series was designed to spur positive communication about issues of race and ethnicity. Many of the #RaceMatters topics have a direct tie-in with the campus common read for 2015-16, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson.
Elmore, a personal injury attorney in Buffalo, is past-president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York, a former Manhattan assistant district attorney, a former New York state assistant attorney general, and a former New York State Trooper.
The author of “Fighting for Your Life: The African-American Criminal Justice Survival Guide,” Elmore has worked with All Bonaventure Reads author Bryan Stevenson on several death penalty cases.
Elmore served for many years with the New York State Attorney Grievance Committees, which oversee the discipline of lawyers accused of misconduct or neglect, as well as appointments by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to serve on multiple judicial screening committees evaluating potential candidates for judgeships.
Elmore is a graduate of Mansfield State University and Syracuse University College at Law. Williams is Cattaraugus County’s first public defender, a position he has held since 2003. Prior to holding the public defender’s post, Williams was an attorney in private practice. He also served as a Cattaraugus County legislator, as town justice for the town of Hinsdale, and in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Alfred University and juris doctor from the University of Richmond. Active in the community, he is a member of the board of directors of the YMCA of the Twin Tiers, the Alliance of New York State YMCAs, Canticle Farm, and the Kiwanis Club of Olean.
RaceMatters programming for the spring 2016 semester at the university will be posted online at www.sbu.edu/RaceMatters.
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