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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS Venable partner Carol Elder Bruce was named chair of the International Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers. An honorary association composed of experienced trial lawyers in the United States and Canada, the International Committee focuses on international law and practice, with an emphasis on litigation. Bruce, a partner in Venable’s commercial litigation and corporate defense and white-collar practices, has been a member of the committee since she was elected a fellow of the college in 2001.
AMERICAN LEAGUE OF LOBBYISTS Penny Farthing, a partner at Patton Boggs, has been named pro bono general counsel for the American League of Lobbyists.
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE Paul Hagen was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Environmental Law Institute. A leading independent, nonprofit research and educational organization based in Washington, D.C., the institute serves the environmental profession in the areas of business, government, the private bar, public interest organizations, academia, and the press. Hagen leads the international environmental practice at Beveridge & Diamond. He was first elected to the ELI board in 2002.
HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD Kenneth Reisenfeld, a partner with Haynes & Boone and head of the firm’s international dispute resolution practice, was honored with the Community Human Rights Award by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. The award is bestowed to individuals who have made a significant contribution to, and have had a measurable impact on, the rule of law or the institutional basis for protecting human rights worldwide. The honor recognized Reisenfeld’s commitment to international law and the protection of human rights. As chair of the American Bar Association’s international law section, Reisenfeld established and oversaw an ABA task force that prepared an authoritative study of the U.N. Human Rights Commission. The task force’s recommendations were adopted as ABA policy in June 2005 and have become an important source document for discussions among the United Nations’ member states.
INTERFAITH FUND William Gray III was selected by former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton to co-chair the Interfaith Fund, a $20 million collection that will provide assistance to interfaith organizations in the regions affected by Hurricane Katrina. Gray is a senior adviser in public policy and business diversity at Buchanan Ingersoll. — Nathan Carlile
Please send notices of D.C.-area honors or appointments to Nathan Carlile.

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