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AMERICAN EMPLOYMENT LAW COUNCIL Hope Eastman, director of the employment law practice group at Paley Rothman, has been elected chair of the American Employment Law Council’s board of directors. Council membership is limited to attorneys who primarily represent employers. BAR ASSOCIATION OF D.C. The Foundation of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia conferred awards at its 132nd annual banquet on Dec. 6. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor received the Judicial Honoree Award for her “unique role as the first woman to serve as a justice of the United States Supreme Court and her many years of distinguished public and judicial service.” The late Charles Reischel, deputy corporation counsel in the Office of Corporation Counsel’s Appellate Division, posthumously received the Lawyer of the Year Award for his life-long commitment to the public interest as a government lawyer. Reischel died July 15. Narda Newby of Jack H. Olender & Associates was named Young Lawyer of the Year for her ability to draw young lawyers into public interest-related law. Jacqueline Bennett of Reed Smith’s D.C. office received the Hon. Annice M. Wagner Pioneers Award for her work on the firm’s community service program. BOY SCOUTS The Exploring Division of the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, has honored William Blakely and his firm, Piper Rudnick. Blakely, a partner, received the Spurgeon Award “for initiating and supporting the Exploring Program” at his firm’s D.C. office. Piper Rudnick was honored for supporting the program for 12 years. The program is designed to introduce young people to different careers. OLDENDER FOUNDATION AWARDS The Olender Foundation Awards were presented to three D.C.-area lawyers on Dec. 3. Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering partner John Payton, who argued the University of Michigan Law School affirmative action case before the Supreme Court last term, was given the Hero in Law 2004 Award. Maudine Cooper, chief executive officer and president of the Greater Washington Urban League, and Jerry Moore III, the league’s chairman of the board and a partner at Venable, received the Generous Heart 2004 Award. In tribute to the honorees, Olender Foundation grants will be given to public service organizations and to the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Howard University School of Law. Please send notices of honors or appointments to Christine Hines at [email protected].

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