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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Michael Zimmer, a lawyer at Thompson Hine, received two appointments from the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. Zimmer, who practices in the areas of energy regulation, acquisitions, and project-finance transactions, was selected to become vice chair of public service for the Renewable Energy Committee and vice chair of public service for the committee’s Subcommittee on Finance. In his role for the committee, Zimmer will examine and disseminate information on legal policy and practical implementation issues that affect the development of markets for renewable-energy resources. As vice chair of the Finance Subcommittee, he will focus on raising capital for biofuels.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEFENSE COUNSEL Bruce Parker, a litigation partner at Venable, was named president of the International Association of Defense Counsel on July 31. The association is a group of 2,400 senior defense attorneys who represent many of the world’s largest corporations. Parker’s previous involvement with the association includes a three-year stint on its board of directors. He will serve as president for one year. Parker, who graduated first in his class from Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law in 1978, concentrates on product liability and toxic-tort litigation at Venable.
TRIAL LAWYERS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE FOUNDATION Sandra Robinson of Jack H. Olender & Associates was named president-elect of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation on July 16 at the organization’s annual membership meeting in Seattle. The foundation is a national public-interest law firm dedicated to socially significant legislation in a wide range of cases, from consumer rights to environmental protection. A senior trial attorney who handles medical malpractice and personal injury cases, Robinson serves on the board of governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. She was honored with the Star of the Bar award from the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia in 2003. — Ben Sullivan
Please send notices of D.C.-area honors or appointments to Nathan Carlile.

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