Attorney and Author Sarah Weddington to Give Lecture at UNCW

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wilmington, N.C. - Sarah Weddington, the attorney who successfully argued the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, will give a lecture at 7 p.m., Feb. 26, Burney Center, UNCW campus.

Her presentation is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by:

  • The Pre-Law Student Organization
  • The Women's Studies Student Association
  • Women's Studies and Resource Center
  • American Association of University Women - Wilmington branch
  • UNCW Student Government Association
  • Department of History
  • Department of Public and International Affairs

Forty years have passed since the Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, a case that earned the young Weddington (she was 26 at the time) international recognition. She went on to become the first woman from Austin ever elected to the Texas House of Representatives, and later served as an assistant to then-President Jimmy Carter.

TIME magazine featured her in a 2003 issue - "80 Days that Changed the World" - for her work on Roe v. Wade. In 2005, she was named to a three-year term on the Council for the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Freedoms, and in 2006, she received the International Athena Award, presented to individuals who have a high degree of excellence in their professional fields and who have assisted women in reaching their full potential.

Weddington, author of A Question of Choice, teaches at the University of Texas.

Media contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, or 910-962-7631.