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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION The American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation honored Jared Genser with the annual John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award. Genser, an associate in DLA Piper’s Washington office, was given the award for his work on public international law and human rights issues.
KNIGHT COMMISSION ON THE INFORMATION NEEDS OF COMMUNITIES IN A DEMOCRACY Theodore Olson, a partner in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, has been appointed as co-chairman of the inaugural Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. Launched by the Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute, the commission will examine American communities to see if the news media are adequately covering important issues. Olson was chosen for his experience as a constitutional attorney and his familiarity with First Amendment law.
U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR VETERANS CLAIMS The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims presented Covington & Burling senior counsel James McKay with the Hart T. Mankin Distinguished Service Award on April 14. The award was presented by Chief Judge William Greene Jr. at the Grand Hyatt Washington during the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. McKay received the award in recognition of his work representing U.S. veterans over the years. — W.J. Hennigan
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