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AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOCIATION Teresa Rea was elected to the office of second vice president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. The 108-year-old national bar association has 16,000 members and holds three conferences a year that attempt to shape U.S. IP policy through legislation, federal regulation, and cases in the U.S. courts. Rea practices in Buchanan Ingersoll’s Alexandria, Va., office.
CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY AWARD Michael Curtin received a 2005 Alumni Achievement Award from the Catholic University of America Alumni Association for his professional achievements in law. Curtin is a partner at Curtin, Law, Robertson, Dunigan and Salans; chairman of the board of the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University; and a volunteer attorney with the Archdiocesan Legal Network. He also served on the Ignatian Law Volunteer Corps, which places volunteers 55 years and older in service positions.
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS Nancy Morrison O’Connor was appointed chair of the Montgomery County, Md., Commission on Human Rights. On the recommendation of the commissioners, she was appointed by County Executive Douglas Duncan. O’Connor, who will serve a three-year term, has been on the commission since 2002. The commission’s goal is to eliminate discrimination, prejudice, intolerance and bigotry in housing, recreation, education, health, employment, and public accommodations. O’Connor is a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani, where she focuses on employment law.
CORO AWARD Denise Gilman, an advocacy fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), was selected by the District of Columbia Courts’ Hispanic Heritage Celebration Committee for the 2005 Community Outreach Recognition and Opportunity Award. The annual award recognizes those who provide invaluable service to the Latino community. The court system honored Gilman for “spearheading a comprehensive review of the status of civil rights for Latinos in the District of Columbia 10 years after the Mount Pleasant disturbances revealed widespread marginalization of this community” and for “working tirelessly to make sure that agencies in D.C. are truly open to all.” Gilman, who is fluent in Spanish, holds a teaching fellowship position at CALS, where she helps students prepare for cases through weekly classes, simulation exercises, tutorial meetings, and mock hearings.
VIRGINIA IT BOARD Alexander Thomas, a partner with Reed Smith, was appointed to the Information Technology Investment Board by Virginia Gov. Mark Warner (D). The board was established in 2003 to oversee the nation’s most extensive state government IT reform. — Nathan Carlile
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