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Lucian T. Pera is Treasurer of the American Bar Association and former President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. An active member of the Center for Professional Responsibility and a legal ethics authority, Mr. Pera has been engaged on all major ABA ethics and professional responsibility initiatives for a number of years. He is a litigation Partner with Adams and Reese LLP in Memphis, Tennessee.
I am very excited to be here today to present this award, to this recipient.
The ABA gives out lots of awards—but this one is special, particularly to those who attend this Conference. We all know that what we do every day in the professional responsibility field matters, a lot, to all lawyers, to all their clients, and to all our fellow citizens, whether they realize it or not. This award recognizes the highest level of excellence and accomplishment, over a career, in this critical field.
It was 19 years ago, almost to the day, when the ABA established this award, and when the ABA Board of Governors presented the very first one to the man himself, Michael Franck. I know, because I was there, as a very young Young Lawyer member of the Board then. Michael Franck was there, in a wheelchair, just weeks ahead of his death. I don’t remember him saying much, but what I recall is what was said about him, both to the group and otherwise.