Friday, October 21, 2005


Contact: John Garcia, PRLDEF
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Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund
A Cause Worth Celebrating: PRLDEF Hosts Gala to Promote Equality and Justice

Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Parsons Leads Effort to
Honor Contributions to Latino Community, Raise $1 Million for Legal Education

New York-- The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) will host its 21st Annual Awards Gala on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, to honor individuals who are Broadening the Reach of Justice through Latino-rights advocacy and education. The black-tie gala is at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York, located at 109 E. 42nd St., between Park and Lexington avenues.
Richard D. Parsons, Time Warner Inc. chairman and CEO, is the dinner chairman. The event is expected to raise more than $1 million in support of PRLDEF and the organizations mission of promoting equality and justice. Proceeds raised will fund legal aid programs and scholarships for minority students.
This event brings together the business, academic and civic communities to support the cause of equality and justice, said PRLDEF President and General Counsel Cesar A. Perales.
Parsons was named CEO of Time Warner Inc. in 2002 and became chairman in 2003. He is chairman of the Apollo Theatre Foundation and serves on the boards of Citigroup, Estee Lauder, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Museum of Modern Art, Howard University and the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy.
Along with featuring Parsons, the gala will honor the individual contributions of Linda A. Willett, vice president and deputy general counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb, and William Malpica, a lawyer with Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, LLP.
Each of these individuals lead by example, says William A. Brewer III, partner at Bickel & Brewer and gala committee chairman. By championing diversity programs and minority internships, they open the doors of opportunity for future generations of Latino lawyers.
Willett will be recognized with the Corporate Leadership Award for promoting legal diversity, especially within her corporation. Willett began a corporate legal internship program at Bristol-Myers Squibb and currently supervises the companys diversity council. She holds board positions on the Minority Corporate Council, the Legal Momentum and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. She also serves on the advisory board of The Partnership for Gender Specific Medicine at Columbia University, and is the former secretary of the PRLDEF Board of Directors.
As a rising star within the New York legal community, Malpica will receive the PRLDEF Lucero Award. Malpica established a workshop at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw to help young students succeed in law school. He has organized programs to attract minority high school students to the legal profession, and is active in his law firms diversity program.
The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) champions an equitable society. Using the power of the law together with advocacy and education, PRLDEF creates opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in school and work, fulfill their dreams, and sustain their families and communities. The 21st Annual Gala is made possible by the generous support of sponsors such as Time Warner Inc.; the Bickel & Brewer Foundation; Bertelsmann, Inc.; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Cravath Swain & Moore, LLP; Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Hogan & Hartson; Loeb & Loeb; Sedgwick, Detert, NBC4, New York, Moran & Arnold, LLP; and Univision Communications.
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