October 1, 2001
Uncover the controversy surrounding
Bill Lann Lee at his talk today at CSUS
December 1997 to January 2001, Bill Lann Lee served as the
nation's chief civil rights enforcement official, Assistant
Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of
Justice. However, Lee's appointment to the position was not
without controversy. Despite his distinguished career as a
civil rights lawyer, opposition by certain Congressional leaders
against affirmative action barred his Senate confirmation.
According to The New York Times, "No one questions
Mr. Lee's legal credentials or his character and integrity.
As a civil rights attorney he became known for negotiating
constructive and practical settlements in difficult cases
and for forging coalitions across racial and ethnic lines."
Lee will discuss this, plus answer questions about finding
the balance between enforcement and protection of cultural
rights, as well as other current events at noon, today in
the University Union Ballroom.
The son of a Chinese laundry man who came to this country
as a penniless immigrant, Lee was inspired in his career by
his father life. The elder Lee served in the U.S. Army, and
when he return home he was called a "dumb Chinaman"
and denied housing event though he dressed in full uniform.
Lee talks passionately about how he has made a career trying
to stamp out the kind of prejudice suffered by his father.
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