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Difference Makers Awards Dinner

Congratulations to our 2009 Difference Makers Award winners, who were honored at the GPSolo Division’s 2009 Fall Meeting Difference Makers Awards Dinner in Los Angeles, California, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, home of the Oscars, on Friday, October 16, 2009, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Making a Difference Through Service to the Profession was presented to Holly J. Fujie of Los Angeles, past president of the State Bar of California. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession (i.e., frequent activities in bar associations, committees and services).

Making a Difference Through Community Service was presented to Dr. Edgar S. Cahn of Washington, DC, originator of Time Dollars and Time Banking, and Founder of Time Banks USA. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant lifetime contribution to the local community through community service. Recognizes a lawyer who does a lot of community work, which does not necessarily mean specifically bar work or pro bono work per se.

Making a Difference Through Pro Bono Work was presented to Barbara J. King, partner with Tully Rinckey PLLC of Albany, New York, who specializes in family and matrimonial law. This award honors an attorney, law firm, corporate legal department, government attorney office, or institution in the legal profession that has made an outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged. Recognizes an outstanding local attorney or group that does pro bono work.

The Difference Makers Awards recognize extraordinary lawyers who “made a difference” by breaking down barriers for women, people of color, people with disabilities, and people of diverse sexual orientations. The award ceremony is held at the Fall Meeting. These awards have since been expanded to honor local attorneys whose dedication has made a difference to the profession or the community where the Division’s Fall Meeting is held. However, the winners are not limited to only those in the local community. Rather than only recognizing solo/small firm lawyers or those working in the solo/small firm sections of local and state bars, these awards are intended for any-size firm lawyers, educators, judges, and so forth who fulfill one of the award categories. At the Fall Meeting in Los Angeles, recognition was given for Making a Difference through Service to the Profession, Making a Difference through Community Service, and Making a Difference through Pro Bono Work.

The ABA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division’s awards program is underwritten by the generous support of West, a Thomson Reuters business.


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