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Spreading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Message by “Empowering Change Through Service”

Posted 01/12/2015
Posted by David Isgur

United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York Edgardo Ramos, who was named the 2014 Latino Judge of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association, will deliver the keynote address at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance at the University of Hartford. This event, which is free and open to the public and held in the University’s Lincoln Theater at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19, will feature an inspirational program of music and reflections commemorating the life and legacy of the civil rights leader.

The program theme is “Keeping the Dream Alive: Empowering Change Through Service,” a topic that is especially relevant at the University of Hartford, which celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act this past fall by hosting a weeklong series of events around the theme of “Empowering Change.”.

The King Day event will feature musical selections by students and faculty from The Hartt School, the University of Hartford Gospel Choir, and the University of Hartford Magnet School Chorus.

In addition, student winners of the 2015 "Empowering Change Through Service" grants, will be recognized. This past fall, individual students or groups of students applied for these grants to help support start-up costs or program expenses for a project of change or empowerment. The student or group whose proposal was selected will receive a $500 award to be used for project-related expenses.

Families in the greater Hartford community are invited and strongly encouraged to attend this one hour, entertaining, and informative program. Following the observance, all attendees are invited to spend more time on campus and attend a special daytime Hartford Hawks women’s basketball game at 2 p.m. at the University’s Sports Center. (Those bringing their program from the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance to the Athletics box office can purchase a Family 4-Pack — 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks and 4 popcorns for $30)

Judge Edgar Ramos is deeply committed to diversity; in addition to memberships in the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, Judge Ramos has served on the board of directors of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association and has also been a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Puerto Rican Bar Association in New York City. He has written and spoken on diversity throughout his career, at both the state and national levels.

Judge Ramos earned his undergraduate degree at Yale in 1982 and his JD at Harvard Law School in 1987. From 1987 to 1992, Judge Ramos was an associate with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.  In 1992, he joined the Office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York where he prosecuted a wide array of federal crimes including white collar frauds and public corruption. He received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1999. 

Judge Ramos joined the law firm that would ultimately become Day Pitney LLP in June 2002 as a partner in the white collar defense group.  In 2003, he was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve on the Commission to Combat Police Corruption. In 2008, Judge Ramos was elected as a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation. He was a partner at Day Pitney before his appointment by President Barack Obama to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in December, 2011.