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RaceMatters lecture to be presented

OLEAN – Two prominent lawyers, both Olean natives, will be featured in the last RaceMatters lecture of the semester at 2:30 p.m. next Wednesday in Dresser Auditorium in the John J. Murphy Professional Building at St. Bonaventure University. The public is invited.

Addressing “RaceMatters Locally, Too,” will be John V. Elmore, a personal injury lawyer in Buffalo, and Mark S. Williams, Cattaraugus County’s first public defender, a post he has held since 2003. RaceMatters topics tie in with this year’s campus common read, “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson.

Elmore, author of “Fighting for Your Life: The African American Criminal Justice Survival Guide,” is a former state trooper, assistant district attorney in Manhattan and assistant state attorney general. He is a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York.

Williams, who had a private practice before becoming public defender, served in the Navy Judge Advocate Corps and was a Hinsdale town justice and a Cattaraugus County legislator.