Former NTSB Chairman Jim Hall To Speak At First Amendment Dinner At The Jewish Cultural Center On July 25

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga invites the Chattanooga community to its seventh annual First Amendment Dinner on Thursday, July 25, at 6 p.m. at the Jewish Cultural Center dinner, 5461 North Terrace Road. 

The event will educates about First Amendment rights and will honor local veterans for their service.  The cost for this annual event is $10 (free for veterans) if reserved before July 22.  After July 22, the cost is $12 for both veterans and non-veterans. RSVP to 493-0270 ext. 10 or rsvp@jewischattanooga.com.

Mr. Hall is a leading expert on crisis management, government relations, transportation safety and security, who served government and private clients for more than five decades.   He began his career as a member of Senator Albert Gore, Sr.’s staff and later served as counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations under Ed Muskie. Mr. Hall maintained a private legal practice in Chattanooga before serving in the cabinet of Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter.  He was director of the state’s planning office for five years before returning to Washington as Chief of Staff for Tennessee Senator Harlan Matthews. Mr. Hall left his position when President Bill Clinton appointed him to head the National Transportation Safety Board.

Mr. Hall is a former member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Tennessee and at the Tennessee River Gorge Trust; for eight years he chaired Chattanooga’s Enterprise Center.  He currently is a member of the UC Foundation at UTC and is the vice-chairman of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority.

He is a frequent speaker and is often called upon as an expert source by television and print reporters. He has authored numerous op-ed pieces; his columns have appeared in The New York Times and USA Today.  He has appeared on most major television news programs, including 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Nightline, Fox & Friends, and BBC News.

Mr. Hall graduated from UT in 1967, and he holds an honorary doctorate degree in public service from George Washington University.  He served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1973, receiving the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service in Vietnam in 1969.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga and its programs are open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.  The Jewish Federation builds and fosters a strong unified Jewish community and strives to ensure its well-being and continuity locally, in Israel, and throughout the world. 


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