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Lawyer, professor and state supreme court justice to receive ABA Grassroots Advocacy Award

Lawyer, professor and state supreme court justice to receive ABA Grassroots Advocacy Award

By John Glynn

The American Bar Association will honor a lawyer, a law professor and a state supreme court justice with its annual Grassroots Advocacy Award during a reception at the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery on April 8.

The awards are given as part of the ABA’s annual effort to connect policymakers with constituents in the legal profession. ABA Day 2014 brings distinguished lawyers from 50 states to D.C. to discuss issues such as funding for the Legal Services Corporation, the Voting Rights Act Amendment and opposition to burdensome tax reforms affecting law firms.

The awardees are:

  • David E. Gilbertson, chief justice of the Supreme Court of South Dakota — Gilbertson will receive the award for supporting the independence of the judiciary and expanding, in cooperation with the State Bar of South Dakota, access to justice for those in rural communities.  A press release includes more information on Gilbertson receiving the honor.

  • Stephen A. Saltzburg, the Wallace and Beverley Woodbury university professor of law and co-director of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program at the George Washington University Law School — Saltzburg will receive the award for his outstanding efforts in support of some of the association’s most important policy positions as they relate to criminal justice. A press release includes more information on Saltzburg receiving the honor.

  • Mark E. Sullivan, principal of the Sullivan & Tanner law firm — Sullivan will receive the award for his outstanding support of military service members and their families. A press release includes more information on Sullivan receiving the honor.

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