This Saturday, Feb. 24, Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams will tackle the controversial issue of statehood for the District of Columbia in a Harvard Law School address at 12 noon in Pound Hall 100.

Williams—a 1987 graduate of the Law School—was elected mayor of D.C. in 1998 and has been credited with making significant improvements to the quality of life in the nation’s capital. A forceful advocate for D.C. self-governance, Williams said during his 1998 campaign, “I will work with [Congress] to command the respect we need to claim what is rightfully ours—self-government for the District.”

“Mayor Williams brings a lot of new excitement, energy, and creativity to the District of Columbia,” said Professor of Law Charles J. Ogletree Jr., the director of the Law School’s Saturday School program, which is sponsoring the speech. “We are thrilled that he will be joining us on Saturday to give us his frank views on some of the challenges and opportunities that face D.C. As a graduate of Harvard’s law school and the Kennedy School, Mayor Williams is able to offer the unique balance of views about law and policy, and how they relate to a new mayor running a diverse city in the 21st century.”

Established by Ogletree in 1988, the Saturday School provides a forum for students to engage in dialogue with professors, legal practitioners, elected officials, judges, and others.

Those unable to attend the Williams lecture in person can view it online via a live webcast available approximately five minutes prior to the event on the Saturday School web page