Summer 2004

Father Robert F. Drinan to Receive Highest ABA Honor


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Father Robert F. Drinan, a co-founder of the Section and former Chair, will receive the 2004 ABA Medal, the association's highest honor, at the 2004 ABA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. The ABA Medal recognizes exceptionally distinguished service to the cause of American jurisprudence.

Currently a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught since 1981, Father Drinan served as Chair of the Section in 1990-91. In announcing the award, ABA President Dennis W. Archer said of Father Drinan, "he has demonstrated to lawyers what it means to be committed to public service and to countless law students what is embodied in the highest dedication to ethical, moral legal practice."

In 2001, the Section established the Robert F. Drinan Distinguished Service Award, to recognize his leadership in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. The award, given each year at the ABA Midyear Meeting, honors an individual whose sustained commitment to the Section has advanced its mission of providing leadership to the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties, and social justice.

More information on Father Drinan and the ABA Medal can be found on the ABA Media website at www.abanet.org/media/releases/news062804.html.

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