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ABA Business Law Section honors Judge Jean FitzSimon with Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award


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ABA Business Law Section honors Judge Jean FitzSimon with Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 — The American Bar Association Business Law Section recently honored Judge Jean FitzSimon, a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, with the Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award, which recognizes an exceptional female business lawyer who has made significant contributions to the legal profession and the section.

“The Business Law Section has been a tremendous boost to my career and is full of wonderful people who have taught me so much,” FitzSimon said. “I am overwhelmed by this honor and owe all of them my gratitude for this great award.”

FitzSimon accepted the award, named for the first woman to chair the ABA Business Law Section, during a luncheon at the section’s spring meeting last week in Los Angeles.

“The section is pleased to honor Judge Jean FitzSimon as the recipient of the 2014 Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award,” said Dixie L. Johnson, chair of the Business Law Section. “I have had the honor of knowing Judge FitzSimon for many years through her work in the section. Her contributions have been extensive, both to section projects and as an advocate for women in the profession. Judge FitzSimon is a quintessential Glass Cutter.”

FitzSimon possesses a diverse career background, with experience as in-house counsel, corporate CEO, private lawyer, Justice Department attorney and bankruptcy judge.

Her longtime involvement with the ABA Business Law Section includes multiple leadership roles and much time spent encouraging and mentoring young female lawyers. FitzSimon is a member of the council of the ABA Business Law Section and chair of the section’s Ad Hoc Committee on Bankruptcy Court Structure and Insolvency. She has also served in several subcommittee leadership positions for the Business Bankruptcy Committee. She was chair of the section’s Educational Programming Board from 2007-2010 and co-chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee from 2003-2006.

FitzSimon received her B.A. from St. John’s College in Maryland and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in Indiana.

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