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JOHN SHERMAN MYERS SOCIETY Millard Bennett was appointed the chairman of American University, Washington College of Law’s John Sherman Myers Society at the 22nd annual Myers Society Dinner at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. The society is named after former Dean John Myers and his wife, Alvina Myers. Bennett will oversee the Myers Society’s campaign initiatives, which raise money for scholarships, student financial assistance, faculty research, and academic programs, centers, and clinics. Bennett is a founder and managing partner of Rockville, Md.-based Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll & Greenfeig.
PRO BONO LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR Steptoe & Johnson was honored as the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year by the D.C. Employment Justice Center at its annual luncheon on September 28. The firm was honored for work done in obtaining back pay for RFK Stadium workers. The EJC and Steptoe & Johnson, serving as mediators, negotiated a settlement of more than $550,000 in a contract dispute concerning whether security guards, parking attendants, and other RFK stadium workers were being paid appropriate wages. Steptoe attorneys Ron Cooper, Errol Patterson, and Elisabeth Morse assisted the EJC in the negotiations with the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission.
WOMEN’S BAR ASSOCIATION The Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia named Karen Popp as one of its 2006 “Stars of the Bar,” an annual award presented to members of the D.C. legal community for their contributions to the professional lives of women lawyers. Popp, a partner in Sidley Austin’s commercial litigation practice and its corporate criminal defense and internal investigations practice, represents companies and individuals in allegations of criminal, civil, and ethical wrongdoing. Popp’s government service before she joined Sidley included service as associate counsel to President Bill Clinton. At Sidley, Popp helped create committees designed to facilitate opportunities for women and minority lawyers. She played a lead role in organizing the D.C. office’s women’s committee and the functions that the committee hosts on a regular basis. In 2006 she led the formation of the D.C. office’s diversity committee and also serves as the co-hiring partner. — Nathan Carlile
Please send notices of D.C.-area honors or appointments to Nathan Carlile.

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