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WASHINGTON � Nationally-recognized civil rights lawyer Kathryn Kolbert of Philadelphia will become president of People for the American Way, a national advocacy organization, and its affiliate foundation in mid-March. Kolbert, a senior research administrator with the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, is known for her career as a public interest attorney specializing in women’s rights. She is widely credited with preserving the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion ruling, Roe v. Wade, through her 1992 high court argument in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. While at the Annenberg Center, Kolbert created a public education program about law and American life. Its cornerstones � Justice Talking (hosted by Margot Adler) and the educational website Justice Learning (produced with the New York Times Learning Network) � together have won 21 national journalism awards since 2000. Prior to joining the Annenberg Center, Kolbert was a founder and vice president of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy in New York (since renamed the Center for Reproductive Rights). During her early career, she developed the state legislative advocacy program at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and was a staff attorney at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia. Kolbert will succeed Ralph G. Neas, who led People For the American Way for eight years, and�is now president of The Neas Group, a�firm�that advises nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

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