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Hon. Herbert B. Dixon Jr. of Washington, D.C., Recipient of TIPS Pursuit of Justice Award


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Hon. Herbert B. Dixon Jr. of Washington, D.C., Recipient of TIPS Pursuit of Justice Award

By Edward McEneely

CHICAGO, April 5, 2013 — The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) is honoring D.C. Superior Court Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr. with its Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and who excel in providing access to justice for all.

“Judge Dixon is a model judge and colleague, and we are honored to present him with the Pursuit of Justice Award. He is fair, calm, judicious; a problem-solver, bridge-builder, and, in his own quiet way, a trail-blazer and a leader,” said North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mark D. Martin.

Dixon will receive the award April 25 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., during the TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting joint reception with the ABA Judicial Division.

Dixon was appointed to a 15-year term on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan and was appointed to a second 15-year term in 2000 by President Bill Clinton.

Dixon is a member of the Washington Bar Association’s Hall of Fame, a former chair of the National Conference of State Trial Judges, a member of the ABA House of Delegates and a former member of the planning board for ABA TECHSHOW. Judge Dixon is the technology columnist for The Judges’ Journal magazine, co-chair of the Judges’ Journal editorial board, a member of the ABA Journal magazine’s Board of Editors, and a member of the ABA House of Delegates Nominating Committee.

Dixon is senior judicial adviser to William & Mary Law School’s Courtroom 21 Project. He is the Washington Bar Association Judicial Council liaison to the WBA Website Committee, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and a member of The Sedona Conference Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Retention and Production.

Within the Superior Court, Dixon serves as co-chair of the Strategic Planning Leadership Council, the entity charged with writing the strategic plan for the District of Columbia Courts and evaluating progress in achieving the goals and objectives of the plan. He is a former presiding judge of both the Civil Division and the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division. He served as Chair of the Electronic Filing Pilot Project, which received national recognition for its success. Currently, he oversees the Superior Court’s technology-enhanced courtroom project.

Dixon received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice.

With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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