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Newsmaker: David A. Harris

The YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh selected Pitt Law School Professor David A. Harris as a 2012 Racial Justice Awardee in the legal category. He will be recognized at the 21st annual Racial Justice Awards banquet on Nov. 14 at the Westin Hotel and Convention Center, Downtown.

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Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

David A. Harris

Noteworthy: The YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh selected Harris as a winner in the 2012 Racial Justice Awards in the legal category. He will be recognized at a banquet on Nov. 14 at the Westin Hotel and Convention Center, Downtown.

Age: 54

Residence: Point Breeze

Family: Wife, Rebecca; children, Alicia, 22, and Sam, 19

Background: Harris studies, writes and teaches about police behavior and regulation, law enforcement and national security issues and the law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. His work focuses on racial profiling and search and seizure; he also works with police and community groups. Before he began teaching in 1990, Harris was a public defender in the D.C. area, a litigator at a law firm in Philadelphia and law clerk to federal Judge Walter K. Stapleton in Wilmington, Del.

Education: Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, law degree from Yale Law School and master's degree in law from Georgetown University.

Quote: “Moving our country closer to the goal of racial justice and equality is an issue for every American, not just those who are members of minority groups. Working on racial profiling and other issues of racial justice has given me the chance to help move us closer to our American ideals.”

­— Adam Brandolph

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