The award, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, will be presented to Shapiro during the TIPS Welcome, Pursuit of Justice and Liberty Achievement Awards Reception on Friday, Aug. 9, at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at the law offices of Sedgwick LLP. Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation.
“It is our honor, along with Thompson Reuters, to present the Liberty Achievement Award to Steven R. Shapiro,” said Dick Semerdjian, chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. “As the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s oldest and largest civil liberties organization, Mr. Shapiro directs a large staff of lawyers who deal with a broad range of issues, including free speech, racial justice, religious freedom, due process rights, privacy rights, reproductive and women’s right, immigrant’s rights, LGBT rights, voting freedoms and prisoner’s rights. He has appeared as counsel or co-counsel on more than 200 ACLU briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Shapiro is a leader of promoting diversity in our profession and assuring that there is justice for all people, and he is incredibly deserving of this award.”
Shapiro has been the ACLU’s legal director since 1993 and served as associate legal director from 1987 to 1993. He directs a staff of about 90 full-time lawyers who maintain a large and active docket of civil liberties cases around the country.
He is also an adjunct professor of constitutional law at Columbia Law School and a frequent speaker and writer on civil liberties issues.
After graduating from Harvard Law School and spending one year as law clerk to Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Shapiro joined the New York Civil Liberties Union in 1976. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights First for 20 years and is now a member of the Policy Committee of Human Rights Watch, as well as the Advisory Committees of the U.S. Program and Asia Program of Human Rights Watch.
The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information, visit the TIPS website, www.americanbar.org/tips.