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ELECTRONIC RETAILING ASSOCIATION Jeffrey Knowles, head of the government division and advertising practice at Venable, has been voted chair-elect of the Electronic Retailing Association, the official membership organization for the direct response television and electronic retailing industry. Knowles helped found the organization in 1990 and currently serves as chair of its government affairs. After serving as chair-elect for a full year, he will assume the chairmanship in fall 2005. 2004 JOHN BENJAMIN NICHOLS AWARD Joseph Montedonico, a partner at Montedonico, Belcuore & Tazzara, was given the 2004 John Benjamin Nichols Award by the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. The award is presented “to a lay person . . . in recognition of outstanding contributions toward improving the health of the community.” Montedonico represents area physicians, hospitals, and health care providers in the defense of medical malpractice lawsuits. WASHINGTON COUNCIL OF LAWYERS At its 2004 annual awards reception, the Washington Council of Lawyers recognized several area law firms and attorneys for their pro bono work. Jan Allen May, director of AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly, was awarded the President’s Award for his pro bono work with programs like the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Legal Advice Hotline, which he oversees. Under May’s direction, the Counsel for the Elderly provides services to as many as 7,000 low-income area residents in areas like housing, public benefits, consumer, wills, and guardianship. Laura Klein, pro bono program manager for the U.S. Department of Justice, received the Government Pro Bono Award. In addition to managing pro bono work at the DOJ, Klein chairs an interagency team that assists other agencies in developing their own programs. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson were also honored for their contributions to the council. — Jennifer Mann Please send notices of D.C.-area honors or appointments to Bethany Broida at [email protected].

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