University of Pittsburgh
September 28, 2000



Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 29 -- Harris Wofford, head of the Corporation for National Service and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (1991-94), will

speak on Thursday, Oct. 5, at noon, in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Teplitz Memorial Courtroom, 3900 Forbes Avenue, Oakland. The event is free and open to the public.

The Corporation for National Service works with governor-appointed state commissions, nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, and other civic organizations to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve their communities.

Wofford will discuss "Cracking the Atom of Civic Power: How we Can Find New Ways to Deal With Public Problems Through the Legislative, Executive, and Civic Sectors," in this year's Rubash Distinguished Lecture in Law and Social Work.

Ever since helping to launch the Peace Corps in 1962, Wofford has been at the forefront of the nation's service movement. While a U.S. Senator, he played a key role in crafting the legislation that created AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National Service. He organized the President's Summit for America's Future in April 1997, chaired by General Colin Powell, which brought together President Clinton, former Presidents Bush, Ford, and Carter, and former first lady Nancy Reagan, to strengthen and expand volunteering and service programs, including AmeriCorps, in meeting the needs of America's youth.

In 1987, as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Labor and Industry, Wofford established Governor Robert Casey's Office of Citizen Service, which promoted school-based service-learning. While in Casey's cabinet, Wofford worked with a bi-partisan group of governors and senators to develop the national Community Service Act of 1990, signed into law by President Bush.

Wofford has been a law professor and president of two colleges, the State University of New York at Old Westbury and Bryn Mawr College. An alumnus of the University of Chicago and both Howard University and Yale Law Schools, he has practiced law and authored several books, including

"Of Kennedys and Kings."

The Rubash Distinguished Lecture Series was established through a gift from Norman J. Rubash, a 1957 graduate of the Pitt School of Law, and his wife, Alice Chapman Rubash, a 1956 graduate of the Pitt School of Social Work.