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AMERICAN BAR RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION The American Bar Retirement Association has elected Diane Fuchs to a three-year term on its nine-member board of directors. The association offers retirement plans and investment vehicles to U.S. law firms. Fuchs is a partner based in the D.C. office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and heads the firm’s D.C. employee benefits practice group. AMERICAN TORT REFORM ASSOCIATION The American Tort Reform Association has named eight attorneys as “legal reform champions.” The four D.C.-based honorees are John Beisner, a partner in O’Melveny & Myers’ class action practice group; Keith Teel, a Covington & Burling partner recognized for his lobbying efforts on behalf of civil justice reform; Victor Schwartz, a Shook, Hardy & Bacon partner and chairman of the Federal Inter-Agency Task Force on product liability; and former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, of counsel at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart. Also honored as legal reform champions were Griffin Bell, an Atlanta-based partner with King & Spalding; Theodore Boutrous Jr., a partner based in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Elliot Kaplan, founding partner of Kansas City’s Daniels & Kaplan; and Matthew McDonald, a partner in the Mobile, Ala., office of Miller Hamilton Snider & Odom. COMMUNITY OUTREACH AWARD The Fairfax Bar Association Conciliation Program, which assigns volunteer attorneys to assist in resolving claims without court intervention, was honored with the 2002-03 LexisNexis Community Outreach Award. The program, which was recently introduced into the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts, is co-chaired by Jay Myerson of the Law Offices of Jay Myerson in Reston, Va., and Joyce Henry-Schargorodski of Fairfax’s Schargorodski & Associates. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MEDIA BROKERS Vincent Pepper, a D.C.-based telecommunications partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, has been awarded a lifetime achievement award by the National Association of Media Brokers. The association promotes its membership to the radio and television industries that its membership serves. Pepper is the second recipient of the award by the NAMB and was honored at the recent National Association of Broadcasters Radio Show in Philadelphia. NATIONAL SPACE BIOMEDIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE Hogan & Hartson partner John Porter has been elected to the board of directors of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. Porter works out of the firm’s D.C.-based health, legislative, and education groups. The institute studies health risks related to long-duration space flight and works to develop countermeasures to mitigate such risks. — Jessica Lawrence Please send notices of honorsor appointments to Eva Rodriguez [email protected].

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