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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION Shaunda Patterson-Strachan was named the 2006-2007 chair of the Life Insurance Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. Patterson-Strachan is an associate at Jorden Burt and focuses her practice on insurance and financial services, Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation, and general commercial litigation, at both the trial and appellate court levels. The Life Insurance Law Committee focuses on the existing and changing relationships among insureds, annuitants, contract owners, beneficiaries, agents, brokers, and life insurance companies, and it examines the contracts and laws affecting those relationships.
HISPANIC NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION Jimmie Reyna has begun his one-year term as national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Reyna, who was elected national president-elect in August 2005, is an international trade attorney and partner in the D.C. office of Williams Mullen. As HNBA president, Reyna will lead the vision of the HNBA Board of Governors and support the work of the 19 HNBA regional presidents. Reyna’s previous HNBA leadership roles include chairman of the International Law Committee and regional president for Region V (comprising Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia). The HNBA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan national legal bar association that represents the interests of more than 25,000 U.S. Hispanic attorneys, judges, law students, government officials, and law professors. It was established to address the legal issues and needs of the Hispanic legal profession and of the U.S. Hispanic community.
SCRIBES BOOK AWARD Gregory Klass has been honored with a 2006 Scribes Book Award from the American Society of Legal Writers for co-writing Insincere Promises: The Law of Misrepresented Intent. A professor at Georgetown University Law Center, Klass received the award in August during the annual meeting of the American Bar Association. Insincere Promises addresses a variety of issues relating to promissory fraud — the making of a promise one never intends to keep (or that one intends to break) — and offers suggestions for courts and practitioners on how to litigate and decide such cases. Established in 1961, the Scribes Book Award is presented annually to honor the best work of legal scholarship published during the previous year. — Nathan Carlile
Please send notices of D.C.-area honors or appointments to Nathan Carlile.

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