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FAU Jupiter’s Lifelong Learning Society Appoints Two Advisory Board Members

JUPITER, FL (September 2, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University has announced the appointments of Ellen Lazarus and Kenneth O. Hassan to its Lifelong Learning Society Jupiter Advisory Board.

“The expansion of Lifelong Learning’s Advisory Board guarantees that the organization will continue to benefit from a diversity of experience. The current board members determined that Ellen and Kenneth were the best candidates because of their demonstrated leadership skills and extensive management experience,” said René Friedman, executive director of the Lifelong Learning Society.

Ellen Lazarus recently retired as assistant director of the Congressional Research Service where she managed a staff of more than 50 attorneys providing objective, nonpartisan legal analysis to Congress. A graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School, Lazarus has served as national president of the Federal Bar Association, president of the Federal Bar Building Corporation, delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates and member of the Board of the ABA’s Government and Public Service Lawyers Division. As a government senior executive, and a bar leader, Lazarus has long been involved in leading, planning and participating in legal education programs. She has attended Lifelong Learning classes for more than two years, volunteers as a class greeter and serves on the program development committee.

Kenneth O. Hassan, a U.S. Army veteran and University of Baltimore Law School graduate, opened his own law firm in 1975. Hassan is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and was also a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland Trial Lawyers, American Bar Association and the Baltimore City Bar Association. He served on the University of Baltimore Law School Advisory Board and was co-owner of the professional soccer team “The Baltimore Blast” from 1984-1989. In 2002, Hassan retired but presently serves as counsel to the firm “Hassan, Hassan & Tuchman P.A.” He has been taking Lifelong Learning courses since 2005 and serves on the curriculum and program development committee.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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