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GERALD R. FORD AWARD Birch Bayh was honored with the Gerald R. Ford Award by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for his role as the original sponsor and co-author of the landmark Title IX legislation. Passed in 1972, the law mandated equal opportunity for men and women in collegiate sports. Bayh, a former Democratic U.S. senator from Indiana and current Venable partner, shared the honor with John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins who led the program to 10 national championships. Both men attended Purdue University in Indiana. Named for the nation’s 38th president, the award honors “individuals who have provided significant leadership as an advocate for intercollegiate athletics on a continuous basis over the course of his or her career.” Bayh credited his late wife, Marvella, for inspiring him to work at advancing opportunities for women at the college level. She had been rejected by the University of Virginia in 1951 because of the school’s prevailing “women need not apply” policy.
PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE Jonathan Stern has been re-appointed to the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Public Policy Committee for 2006. The DRI is the national organization of defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel. Incorporated in 1960, DRI was established “to enhance the knowledge and improve the skills of defense lawyers.” It provides numerous educational and informational resources to DRI members, as well as facilitating various opportunities for liaison among defense trial lawyers, corporate America, and state and local defense organizations. Stern, co-chair of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis’ insurance litigation practice and part of the aviation practice, is a tort and commercial litigator who focuses his practice on aviation and insurance coverage. � Nathan Carlile
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