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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Two D.C. attorneys have been elected as vice chairs of two ABA committees. Hdeel Abdelhady, an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski who specializes in international arbitration, has been appointed vice chair of the International Law Section’s Middle East and Islamic Law Forum Committee. Kathryn Fenton, a partner at Jones Day, has been elected vice chair of the Antitrust Law Section. Fenton, who has held many leadership positions within the section, will serve as chair-elect in 2006 before becoming chair in 2007. She will be the fourth Jones Day partner to head the section.
AMERICAN RED CROSS Hogan & Hartson has received the Circle of Humanitarians Award from the American Red Cross. The award is the highest philanthropic honor the organization presents each year. The firm received it in recognition of its donation of more than $125,000 for tsunami relief efforts and $15,000 the firm contributed to the Red Cross for the 2004 hurricane-season disaster response.
CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY Alexander Thomas, a partner in the Falls Church, Va., office of Reed Smith, has been named vice chairman of the board of directors at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology. Previously, Thomas had been a board member. The Center for Innovative Technology is a state-chartered nonprofit corporation that aids Virginia’s next generation of technology and technology companies.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS BAR ASSOCIATION Michele Farquhar, a partner in the D.C. office of Hogan & Hartson and co-chair of the firm’s communications group, has been elected president of the Federal Communications Bar Association. Her one-year term began July 1. She has been a member of the association since 1988.
NATIONAL ELDER LAW FOUNDATION Elizabeth Goldberg, a solo practitioner in Washington, has been certified in elder law by the National Elder Law Foundation. The foundation is the only organization the American Bar Association has approved to offer certification in this concentration. Goldberg’s practice includes preparing wills, trusts, advance health care directives, and financial powers of attorney for area residents. She also counsels executors, conducts probate administration, collects and defends debts, pursues adult guardianships, and advises families about public benefits.
WASHINGTON LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND URBAN AFFAIRS Several local firms received awards from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs at the committee’s 2005 Wiley A. Branton Annual Awards Luncheon. Two local firms received the Vincent E. Reed Award for their partnerships with D.C. public schools: McDermott, Will & Emery for its partnership with Anthony Bowen Elementary School, and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for its partnership with School Without Walls. The award is named for the D.C. public school educator who encouraged the committee to establish its public education support programs. In addition, 19 firms received outstanding achievement awards on behalf of the committee’s various projects. The Equal Employment Opportunity Project honored Shearman & Sterling for representing a former church music director in her sexual harassment and job discrimination lawsuit against her former employers. The Fair Housing Project recognized two firms: Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll for its work for the Equal Rights Center and other disability organizations in a disability rights case against an apartment-complex developer, and Hogan & Hartson for its work for the Equal Rights Center and a woman in a fair housing lawsuit against a company that refused to accept certain vouchers as rent payment. The Public Accommodations Project principally recognized Patton Boggs for its representation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a discrimination lawsuit against the Yachtsman Resort Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The lawsuit concerned various burdensome guest policies in place at the hotel one weekend a year, “Black Bike Week,” when there were expected to be a large number of African-American guests. In addition, the project honored the following other firms: Kirkland & Ellis, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Reed Smith, and Ross, Dixon & Bell. The Disability Rights Project recognized four firms. Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Hunton & Williams were honored for their work to secure wheelchair accessibility in May Company and National Wholesale Liquidators stores. Goodwin Proctor and Morrison & Foerster were recognized for their work on behalf of the hearing impaired. The Immigration and Refugee Rights Project recognized the following firms for their pro bono work on behalf of asylum seekers: King & Spalding, Crowell & Moring, Latham & Watkins, and Weil, Gotshal & Manges. The Special Programs Project bestowed an award upon Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr for its work representing victims or surviving family members of gun violence in the District in a case concerning the constitutionality of Washington’s Assault Weapons Manufacturing Strict Liability Act, which was ultimately upheld by the D.C. Circuit. Finally, the Public Education Project gave an award to Sidley Austin Brown & Wood for its work with the committee staff and a panel of civic leaders on a report assessing the quality of public education in Washington 50 years after desegregation. The project gave another award to Fulbright & Jaworski for assisting a team of law students and faculty at American University with a research project examining state constitutional provisions for minimum standards of public education, whose findings have led to court decisions requiring adequate funding and levels of instructional support. — Hilary Lewis
Please send notices of D.C.-area honors or appointments to Bethany Broida.

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