Members of Congress Honored for Helping Preserve Legal Aid Funding, Maintaining Sensible Regulation of Lawyers
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2011 — The American Bar Association will present six members of Congress with awards to acknowledge their leadership on issues critically important to the legal profession.
The awardees are:
- Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK)
- Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)
- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
- Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
- Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL)
- Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
Sens. Begich and Thune will receive awards for supporting legislation that protected lawyers from unnecessary regulations designed for creditors.
Reps. Biggert and Doggett and Sens. Enzi and Merkley will be honored for supporting legislation protecting Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts, which funds legal aid for struggling families.
“Each of the members of Congress we honor has done so much for their home states and the legal community in general — this is just our way of saying ‘thanks’,” said Stephen N. Zack, president of the ABA, headquartered in Chicago.
The awards are given as part of the ABA’s annual effort to connect policymakers with constituents in the legal profession. ABA Day 2011 brings distinguished lawyers from 43 states to Washington, D.C., to discuss issues like funding for legal services for the poor and the impact of persistent judicial vacancies.
The congressional awards event will be held April 12 at B. Smith’s in Union Station. Award presentation is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Credentialed media who wish to attend should contact Rob Boisseau at Robert.Boisseau@americanbar.org by 5 p.m. on April 11.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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Media Contact: Rob Boisseau (202-662-1093/Robert.Boisseau@americanbar.org)