Georgetown Law Student Awarded Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture Prize

March 18, 2015 —

William King (L'15) William King (L'15)

Georgetown University Law Center student William King (L’15) has been selected as the winner of the first Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture Prize by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS). As the recipient, he will deliver the inaugural Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture on Friday, March 27, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. 

In his talk, “Do We Need More Objective Criteria for Evaluating Demolition Permits for Historic Properties?,” King will suggest a modification of D.C. historic preservation law that would provide objectively defined criteria for the Mayor’s Agent to apply when deciding whether to approve demolition permits. 

Following King’s lecture, Georgetown Law Associate Dean Peter Byrne, the current Mayor’s Agent, and Law Center Adjunct Professor Tersh Boasberg, former chair of the Historic Preservation Review Board, will join King and members of the audience to discuss King’s proposal. 

The Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture is expected to be an annual event to showcase excellence in research and writing on urban planning and historic preservation in the District of Columbia by a student or intern. 

Described as “one of the District’s most ardent and effective visionaries,” Dick Wolf (1933-2012) served on the CHRS board for many years, most often as president, and also served on the Committee of 100 of the Federal City. After moving to Capitol Hill in 1964, he worked “tirelessly and effectively” on community planning, historic preservation and sound neighborhood development. 

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