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Date: August 13, 2002 (02-45)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Tribute to Longtime Councilmember
Isiah Leggett Set for November 13
Evening Gala to Benefit Montgomery College Foundation,
Create New Scholarship Fund

             Longtime Montgomery County Councilmember Isiah Leggett, who will be departing from office in December, after four terms and 16 consecutive years of service, will be honored with a major benefit gala on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring.  Proceeds from this dinner event will benefit the Montgomery College Foundation and be used to create a new scholarship fund in Mr. Leggett's honor.

            "Ike Leggett is an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to our community in so many ways, throughout his years of service to the County, and this will be a very fitting and lasting way of paying tribute to one of our great public servants," said Councilmember Michael L. Subin. Noting that it has been his "honor to serve alongside Ike for all of my 16 years in office," Mr. Subin will be one of the primary hosts of the gala.

Planning is just getting underway for the tribute and a broad-based committee of community and business leaders, elected officials, and other supporters are currently developing the program for the evening, as well as sponsorship levels, ticket costs, and other details. For more information, contact Merle Steiner at 240-777-7961.

            Mr. Leggett was elected to the Montgomery County Council as an at-large member in 1986. The first African American to have been elected to serve on the County Council, he was elected by his fellow councilmembers to serve three one-year terms as Council president, during his 16-year tenure. He has served as chair of the Council's Transportation and Environment Committee and as a member of the Education Committee.

A law professor at Howard University for the past 27 years, Mr. Leggett holds four degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Southern University, a Master of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University, and a Master of Laws from George Washington University. He is an active member of a number of professional and civic organizations, including; the Board of Directors of Maryland College of Art and Design, the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Tennis Association, the Washington Area Housing Partnership, Montgomery County Boys and Girls Club, and the African American Business Council. He is a member of Montgomery County's NAACP and Urban League, the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Forum, the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Burtonsville Kiwanis, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

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