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Minow and Mikva honored by ADL

September 30th, 2009

Milwaukee natives Newton Minow and Abner Mikva were honored Sept. 16 at the Anti-Defamation League’s First Amendment Freedom Awards dinner in Chicago.

A graduate of Washington High School, Minow earned a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and, in the 1950s, worked for Illinois governor Adlai Stevenson. In the 1960s, he served as chair of the Federal Communications Commission. He is still considered an influential figure in the media industry and in policy circles.

Also a graduate of Washington High School, Mikva earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School. He served for ten years in the Illinois House of Representatives and another ten in the U.S. Congress. A former judge in the Washington D.C. Circuit Court, he has taught law and was White House Counsel from 1994-95. He started a civic leadership program that works with more than 3,500 Chicago youth each year.