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AMERICAN JUDICATURE SOCIETY Benjamin Civiletti, chairman of Venable, has received the Justice Award, the American Judicature Society’s highest honor. The honor is bestowed annually to an individual who has made significant advances toward improving the administration of justice nationally. Past recipients have included former Chief Justice Warren Burger and former FBI and CIA Director William Webster, and institutions such as the League of Women Voters and the National Judicial College. Civiletti practiced for many years as a trial and appellate attorney before serving a long tenure at the Justice Department, culminating in his term as U.S. attorney general from 1979 to 1981, under then-President Jimmy Carter. As attorney general, Civiletti argued before the International Court of Justice on behalf of the American captives held in Iran. He also argued before the Supreme Court for the right to denaturalize Nazi war criminals. Since joining Venable, Civiletti has chaired both the American Bar Association Litigation Section and the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Welfare Policy.
AMERICAN ORT AWARD Barry Chasen was honored by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Organization for Educational Rehabilitation and Technological Training (ORT). The honor is presented annually to individuals who have made a unique contribution to the community. Proceeds will provide scholarships for ORT students who need counseling, clothing, food vouchers, or other financial support so they can attend school. Chasen is president of ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers. Chasen and his wife, Lyn — who was also honored by ORT — co-chaired the University of Maryland’s first five-year capital campaign and established a scholarship program for needy single parents. They also established a fellowship at the University of Baltimore Law School, Chasen’s alma mater.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW Judge Hisashi Owada, a member of the International Court of Justice’s Permanent Court of Arbitration, has been made an honorary member of the American Society of International Law. Honorary membership in ASIL is awarded on an occasional basis to non-U.S. citizens who have rendered distinguished contributions or service in the field of international law. The ASIL honors committee recommended Owada, a Japanese citizen, for this award, and the ASIL executive council approved the recommendation at its meeting in November. In addition to his seat on the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Owada is also a professor at New York University’s Global Law School, a professorial academic adviser at Hiroshima University, and a visiting professor at Meio University. From 1999 to 2003 he was a senior adviser to the president of the World Bank.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR STATE COURTS Robert Peck, president of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, has joined the board of directors for the National Center for State Courts, a nonprofit organization that serves as a leader and a resource for the nation’s state courts. Peck is a member of the adjunct law faculties at American University and George Washington University. He is also president of the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association, a member of the Board of Overseers of the RAND Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice, and a member of the First Amendment Advisory Council of the Media Institute.
WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA CORPORATE COUNSEL ASSOCIATION The Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) honored the work of in-house counsel practitioners at its annual dinner on Nov. 4. Curtis Schehr, senior vice president and general counsel of Anteon International Corp., was named Outstanding Chief Legal Officer for his efforts in guiding Anteon through numerous corporate acquisitions. He also oversaw the development and implementation of the company’s web-based ethics and compliance training program. Jonathan Spear, vice president of law and public policy at MCI, was named Outstanding In-House Counsel for the role he played in steering MCI through the federal investigation and debarment proceedings that followed the fall of WorldCom, as well as supporting MCI’s pending merger with Verizon. The Outstanding Law Department Award went to Nextel Communications Inc. (now Sprint Nextel Corp.) for its hand in supporting Nextel’s recent merger with Sprint Corp. The legal department negotiated and drafted the merger agreement, managed the shareholder approval process, handled the antitrust application and review, and advised the business units on day-to-day integration planning. The legal departments of Choice Hotels International and Sodexho Inc. shared the Outstanding Community Service Award. Choice Hotels International’s legal team volunteered more than 200 hours at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Md., teaching classes on law. They also hosted a field trip to the company’s corporate headquarters, where the students participated in a mock mediation. The department also provided six-week paid internships to two students who participated in their classes. Sodexho was recognized for a wide range of community service projects, including pro bono legal support for food banks and other hunger-relief organizations in the area; holding an annual job shadowing program for first-year law students; organizing a company-wide expo to show students from a local high school all facets of corporate life; and volunteering with a local middle school to provide lawyers as judges for a mock legislative hearing.
WOMEN IN PUBLIC RELATIONS Carolyn Tieger of Porter Novelli was named 2005 Woman of the Year by Washington Women in Public Relations. This year’s award recognized Tieger’s public relations campaigns, most notably the drive to build support for the passage of class-action lawsuit reform, signed by President George W. Bush in February. She is also lead communications counsel for the Asbestos Alliance and the American Beverage Association. WWPR is a professional organization for women in the public relations field with the stated goal of providing professional development and networking opportunities to its members. — Nathan Carlile
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