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AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION Parastoo Zahedi has been elected chair of the D.C. chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Stacy Shore has been made chair-elect. AILA is a national association of more than 10,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. The D.C. chapter has more than 800 members. Zahedi is owner and attorney at the Law Offices of Parastoo G. Zahedi, and Shore is an associate at Berry Appleman & Leiden.
BUSINESS INSURANCE‘S WOMEN TO WATCH Rachel Kronowitz has been named one of 2007′s Women to Watch by Business Insurance magazine. This distinction recognizes women who are leaders in the fields of commercial insurance, risk management, and employee benefits, and dedicated to advancing women in their professions and communities. Kronowitz is a founding partner and vice chairwoman of Gilbert Randolph in D.C.
CULTURAL TOURISM DC Michael Fitzpatrick and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer, where Fitzpatrick is a partner, have received the 2007 Discover the Heart of Washington award from Cultural Tourism DC. Cultural Tourism DC’s mission is to strengthen the image and economy of Washington by promoting local culture and heritage. The award recognizes pro bono contributions to this mission. Fitzpatrick is also board chairman of Cultural Tourism DC.
PUBLIC JUSTICE FOUNDATION Sandra Robinson was installed as president of the Public Justice Foundation at its 26th annual gala in Chicago. Robinson is the foundation’s first African-American president. At the gala, Robinson was also awarded the American Association for Justice Women’s Caucus annual award for leadership and mentoring of women lawyers. Robinson is a malpractice attorney at Jack H. Olender & Associates in D.C. — Marisa McQuilken
Please send notices of D.C.-area honors or appointments to Marisa McQuilken at [email protected]

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