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President James Madison addresses Collier County Bar Association’s Law Week Luncheon

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Bryan Austin and Laird A. Lile

The Collier County Bar Association welcomed a special guest to its recent Law Week Luncheon: President James Madison, portrayed by professional historical interpreter Bryan Austin of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Board of Governors member Laird Lile of Naples arranged for the nation’s fourth president to attend the luncheon and provide remarks on the Law Week theme, “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.”

“When the CCBA Board of Directors met to discuss potential speakers for this year’s Law Week theme, I thought immediately of the ‘Father of the Constitution,’” said Lile, a longtime supporter of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and its extensive educational programs. “I had seen Mr. Austin portray President Madison in the past and knew he would provide a compelling, relevant, and historically accurate accounting of the Constitution’s important freedoms.”

While President Madison was in Naples, Lile arranged for him to present at the Graduation Celebration for Class IV of the Florida Fellows Institute of The American College of Trust and Estates Counsel. More than 60 guests – including institute graduates, Florida fellows, and FFI leadership – heard President Madison’s remarks about the legal profession.

The following day, Lake Park Elementary third-, fourth- and fifth-graders gathered for a surprise presentation by President Madison, which dovetailed with the school’s recent “time travel” activities.

“Each of the three presentations made by President Madison offered a unique approach to the audience and theme, with an entertaining yet educational approach to the law, the Constitution, and the founding of our country,” said Lile.

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