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ABA honors Education Department lawyer, Wisconsin attorney and Global Freedom Center

ABA honors Education Department lawyer, Wisconsin attorney and Global Freedom Center

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2013 — Adele Rapport, the chief attorney in Chicago for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, received last week the top honor for federal attorneys given by the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law


Rapport, who is also acting district director for civil rights, was honored with the 2013 Federal Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year Award at the section’s recently concluded 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference in New Orleans.

Rapport has practiced as a management, plaintiff’s and government lawyer since 1980, after earning her J.D. at the University of Michigan. One of her nominators, in recommending Rapport for the award, said her “professional achievements serve as a model for excellence of legal work in the labor and employment field, particularly in the area of discrimination.”

“Adele has long been recognized as a superstar — as an example, she received a national award from the International Religious Liberty Association for her work on religious discrimination cases,” the nominator said.

Two other awards were presented at the section’s conference, which ran Nov. 6-9.

Mark F. Vetter, an attorney in private practice in Waukesha, Wis., was honored with the 2013 Arvid Anderson Public Sector Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year Award. Vetter is past president of the Wisconsin State Bar Labor Law Section and has devoted more than 35 years to public sector labor law.

The Global Freedom Center, with offices in Washington and the San Francisco area, received the 2013 Francis Perkins Public Service Award. The center focuses on the area of human trafficking and trains attorneys in a range of sectors for the purpose of providing pro bono legal representation.

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