Ground­break­ing DA to speak at RWU

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

BRIS­TOL (AP) — Mas­sachusetts’ first woman of color to serve as a dis­trict at­tor­ney will speak at Roger Wil­liams Uni­ver­sity to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Suf­folk County DA Rachael Rollins will de­liver the an­nual MLK Jr. lec­ture at the Rhode Is­land uni­ver­sity’s law school on Jan. 23.

Rollins was elected in Novem­ber as the first fe­male top pros­e­cu­tor in Suf­folk County, which in­cludes Bos­ton, and the first woman of color to be elected to that role any­where in Mas­sachusetts.

The for­mer state and fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor ran on a plat­form of crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form.

The Rhode Is­land ap­pear­ance will be one of Rollins’ first ma­jor speak­ing en­gage­ments since be­ing sworn in ear­lier this month.

The uni­ver­sity says Rollins also will take ques­tions from stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff and alumni.

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