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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF TRIAL LAWYERS Ross, Dixon & Bell partner Wallace Christensen was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers at the college’s annual spring meeting in Tucson, Ariz., on March 8. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only, and lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience before they can be considered.
BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU AND NATIONAL JAPANESE AMERICAN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION Joan Bernstein, counsel for Bryan Cave, will receive two awards in April in recognition of her advocacy for civil rights and consumer protection. The National Japanese American Memorial Foundation will honor her April 4 for her work as chair of the U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. Bernstein will also receive the Better Business Bureau’s International Torch Award for Consumer Leadership on April 8 for her lifelong drive to “significantly advance marketplace trust through consumer advocacy, protection, or education,” says Steven Cole, president and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Tim McClain, of counsel at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, was named to a newly formed 10-member commission to recommend candidates for the post of undersecretary for benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The undersecretary for benefits is a nonpolitical appointment, subject to Senate confirmation. The undersecretary is responsible for the VA’s educational assistance, insurance, and pension programs. — W.J. Hennigan
Please send notices of D.C.-area honors or appointments to Marisa McQuilken.

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