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Sarah Weddington
Sarah Weddington

"Some Leaders Are Born Women!"
Special Events – (Emily Taylor and Marilyn Stokstad Women's Leadership Lecture)

Tue., Mar. 27, 2012, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Reception to follow
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union

Sarah Weddington is an attorney, lecturer, and public leader most famous for her role as one of Jane Roe's defense attorneys in Roe Vs. Wade, the controversial 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion rights. Defending this landmark decision at only 26, Weddington is the youngest attorney to have won a Supreme Court case. She is well-known for her ongoing work-as an attorney, legislator, Presidential advisor, and professor-on issues affecting women. She is the author of the bestseller, A Question of Choice, a memoir of her experience arguing the Roe v. Wade case.


Weddington received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and is a Distinguished Alumna of McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. She holds several honorary doctorates and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood, the National Public Health Hero Award, and the International Athena Award, which is presented to individuals who have achieved a high degree of professional excellence and have assisted women to develop their full potential by opening up leadership opportunities.

Weddington regularly shares her leadership experience with women across the U.S.  She has been a guest speaker at both Leadership Texas and Leadership America.  She has participated in the Most Powerful Women Summit sponsored by Fortune Magazine, and served on the Council for the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Weddington also served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives and as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  In 1999, she was honored as a "Texas Woman of the Century" by the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Texas. Weddington practices law in Austin, Texas and is currently working on a book on the topic of leadership and self-renewal.


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