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Kerry-Ann Hamilton
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Howard University Honors Three Outstanding Caribbean Leaders

Washington, D.C., March 5, 2008 – As Howard University commemorates 141 years of scholarship and service, it also recognizes six outstanding alumni who truly exemplify the University’s core values of leadership, excellence, truth and service.

During the 84nd Annual Charter Day Gala at the Hilton Washington and Towers Hotel on Saturday, March 8, at 7 p.m., the University will honor Bermuda Premier the Honorable Ewart E. Brown, M.D. for his contribution in the fields of Government and Community Service. Two Justices from The United States Virgin Islands will also be lauded for their work in field of law – The Honorable Ive A. Swan and The Honorable Maria M. Cabret.

Charter Day events celebrate the University’s critical role and rich legacy of producing leaders for America and the Global Community. The proceedings will be broadcast live on Howard University’s WHUR-96.3 FM and WHUT-TV.

During the 84nd Annual Charter Day Gala at the Hilton Washington and Towers Hotel Saturday, March 8, the University will honor DuPont with the 2008 Corporate Award and honor six alumni for outstanding contributions in their respective fields: The Honorable Ewart E. Brown, M.D., in the fields of Government and Community Service; The Honorable Maria M. Cabret, in the field of Law; Mr. Harry G. Robinson III, in the fields of Architecture and Education; The Honorable Ive A. Swan, in the field of law; M. Walter Lucius Walker Jr, Ph.D, in the fields of education, and Ms. Fredricka F. Whitfield, in the field of journalism.

Tony Award-winning and renowned artist Jennifer Holliday will perform during the gala.

About the Honorees

The Honorable Dr. Ewart E. Brown, JP, MP
LA BS 1968, MED MD 1972
In the Fields of Government and Community Service

On December 18, 2007, The Honorable Ewart F. Brown, MD, JP, MP, led the ruling Progressive Labour Party (PLP) to its third successive general election victory as Premier of Bermuda. He has led the storied Bermuda political party since October 2006.

Premier Brown’s political career has spanned more than three decades. He was the first appointed Minister of Transport following the General Election of November 1998 when the PLP swept to power. After the General Election in July 2003, he returned to Government as the Minister of Transport and was also appointed as the Deputy Premier of Bermuda. In July of 2004, Dr. Brown assumed the single Portfolio of The Ministry of Tourism and Transport when the two Ministries were combined.

A community-minded, internationally acclaimed physician, Premier Brown spent many years practicing medicine in the United States. As Medical Director of Bermuda HealthCare Services, he has endeavored to provide Bermuda’s citizens with efficient and cost-effective health care. Born in Bermuda, Premier Brown graduated from Howard University with a B.Sc. Degree in Chemistry and received his M.D. degree from Howard’s College of Medicine. He subsequently earned a M.P.H. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. A member of several professional organizations, he has held such significant positions as Trustee of Howard University and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

The Honorable Maria M. Cabret
LW JD 1978
In the Field of Law

A legal scholar of distinction, The Honorable Maria M. Cabret served the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands for 19 years. In 1987, she was nominated to serve as Judge of the Territorial Court by The Honorable Alexander A. Farrelly, Governor of the United States Virgin Islands. With the unanimous consent of the Seventeenth Legislature, Judge Cabret on July 7, 1987, became the second woman and first person of Puerto Rican descent to serve on the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands. She was nominated to a second term by Governor Farrelly in 1993 and unanimously confirmed by the Twentieth Legislature.

In 1994, she was designated Administrative Judge of the Territorial Court, St. Croix Division. In 1999, The Honorable Charles W. Turnbull, then Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, designated Judge Cabret as the Presiding Judge of the Territorial Court and nominated her to a third term. The Twenty-Third Legislature unanimously confirmed her nomination on March 1, 2000. On June 30, 2006, Judge Cabret was one of the first thirteen women inducted into the Virgin Islands Women’s Hall of Fame by the Commission on the Status of Women, who established the Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005 to recognize the outstanding contributions of women in the Virgin Islands.

Born in the town of Fredricksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, The Honorable Cabret is a1978 graduate of the Howard University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for excellent achievement in the study of Constitutional Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from Marymount Manhattan College in New York.

The Honorable Ive A. Swan
LW JD 1970
In the Field of Law

The Honorable Ive Arlington Swan, esteemed jurist and public servant of the highest order, was appointed by Virgin Islands Governor Charles W. Turnbull to the position of Associate Justice of the newly created Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands in July 2006. His illustrious nomination was confirmed by the 26th Legislature of the Virgin Islands on October 27, 2006. It was the sixth time Justice Swan won unanimous legislative confirmation, having previously been confirmed as Attorney General of the Virgin Islands, 1978; Judge of the Territorial Court, 1987, 1993, and 2000; Judge of the Superior Court, 2006; and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, 2006. During his phenomenal legal career, he spent more than nineteen years on the Superior and Territorial Courts of the Virgin Islands.

Justice Swan has been a tireless legal advocate whose dedication and love for the law have inspired thousands of people in the Virgin Islands and abroad. He regards his appointment to the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands as the highest calling to public service and an immense opportunity to continue his career of meritorious public service to the people of the Virgin Islands. Likewise, he is committed, without compunction, to assiduously discharging the duties and responsibilities of the office.

Justice Swan commenced his legal career in August 1970 with the Virgin Islands Department of Law (now the Virgin Islands Department of Justice). During his ten-year tenure at the Department of Law, he held the positions of Legal Intern, Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General in both the Criminal and Family Law Divisions, and the Civil and Administrative Law Divisions.

A drum major for justice and the law, he entered the private practice of law in 1981and operated his law offices until July 1987. For the past fourteen years, Justice Swan has periodically served on the three-judge panel of the Appellate Division of the District Court of the Virgin Islands and has authored innumerable published legal opinions on a plethora of legal issues in both civil and criminal cases. In addition, he has served on several Government boards and commissions, and is the recipient of an array of distinguished awards and recognitions.



Note to Media:

Please call or e-mail Kerry-Ann Hamilton (contact information above) to confirm coverage by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2008

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