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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS George Pappas, a partner at Venable focusing on intellectual property, was one of 98 attorneys in the United States and Canada admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to just 1 percent of the attorneys in any state or province. AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE BLIND Spiegel & McDiarmid partner Scott Strauss and former associate Allison Driver have received the 2004 Access Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for their work in helping to improve accessibility of cellular phones for blind or visually impaired people. Strauss and Driver filed the first-ever complaint under Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. That complaint led cell phone maker Audiovox to redesign its phones to make them voice-guided. COUNCIL OF BETTER BUSINESS BUREAUS Jodie Bernstein, of counsel at Bryan Cave, has been elected to the board of directors of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Bernstein is the former director of the Consumer Protection Division of the Federal Trade Commission. INVESTMENT COMPANY INSTITUTE Paul Stevens, a partner at Dechert, has been named president of the Investment Company Institute. The ICI is the national association of the mutual fund industry. Stevens will begin his presidency in June. LEGAL MARKETING ASSOCIATION Kirkpatrick & Lockhart‘s study “Top of Mind: A Survey of Senior In-House Counsel” has won first place in the market research category of the 2004 Legal Marketing Association awards. The survey asked decision-makers in the law departments of Fortune 1000 companies what they considered to be their most compelling practice and organizational challenges. PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF Joan McEntee has been named to the International Advisory Board of Parsons Brinckerhoff. McEntee is a partner at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and chairman of the firm’s international group. The International Advisory Board comprises authorities on infrastructure management, engineering, and construction and it provides advice to the senior management and board of directors of Parsons Brinckerhoff, an engineering and construction management organization. WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION Cory Amron, a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, has been named the 2004 Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. The award will be presented at the association’s annual dinner on May 18. � Bethany Broida Please send notices of honors or appointments to Bethany Broida at [email protected].

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